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Madras HS updates info on non-traditional graduation ceremony

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Madras High School

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ_ -- Made up of 200 seniors, the Madras High School and Bridges High School graduating classes will take the stage in a non-traditional fashion on Saturday, June 13th at Madras High School.

The graduates will be broken into eight groups, in alphabetical order. Beginning at 9 a.m., each group will have a designated time to arrive.

To maximize the number of supporters for our graduates, the graduation ceremony will be conducted in a drive-up fashion.  Each graduate is allowed one vehicle (i.e. passenger car or pickup) to attend the graduation ceremony. To that extent, they are able to bring as many family and friends as can ride along with them in their one vehicle. The school district is continuing to examine ways for additional viewing by extended family.  

The school district hopes that graduates and their supporters will take pride in appropriately decorating their graduation transportation.

“This was the safest way to enable seniors to walk across the stage while also having their loved ones witness this special event with them,” said Brian Crook, Madras High School Principal.   

Graduates will receive their diploma on stage where a professional videographer and photographer will be capturing the event. Each graduate will also have their photo taken at the MHS White Buffalo prior to leaving the ceremony.

While all commencement speeches and performances will be pre-recorded, Madras High School would like to recognize this year’s graduation ceremony speakers:

Madras High School Principal, Brian Crook
Madras High School Vice Principal, Mark Stewart
Bridges High School Principal, Jay Weeks
Madras High School Staff Speaker, Melissa Wheeler
2019-20 Valedictorian, Kelsey Olivera
2019-20 Salutatorian, Kelly Huang and Emily Plant

As a result of COVID 19 and current social distancing requirements, this year’s graduation ceremony will not be open to the general public. After the event, the school district will have the complete ceremony available electronically for community members to enjoy.

As more information and details develop, it will be provided.

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