Since large gatherings are still prohibited amid the current pandemic, high schools have had to find creative ways to hold graduation and keep it as traditional as possible. Here’s what local schools are doing.
Oswayo Valley will hold its graduation at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 29 in the middle/high school parking lot. Each of the 23 graduates will arrive with up to four guests and park in their designated spot in the parking lot. Each family will be escorted into the building and one at a time, the graduates will be announced and will receive their diploma. Valedictorian, salutatorian and third honors will also deliver their speeches. It will be live-streamed for anyone interested in viewing it.
Coudersport will have a virtual graduation broadcasted on the town’s local channel through Zito Media at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30. Seniors went to the school earlier this week to have their pictures taken for the presentation and to record speeches.
Northern Potter is also doing a virtual graduation. Students were in earlier this week to walk across the stage, record speeches and take pictures. The graduation will be aired at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29 on YouTube.
The teachers and staff at Austin helped put together a graduation video and will air on the District’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29. Student speeches will be given as usual and guest speaker Ray Cope will offer words of encouragement to the senior class.