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District announces graduation ceremony plans

May 21, 2020

Gresham-Barlow School District announces graduation ceremony plans for high schools

All of the Gresham-Barlow School District high schools will hold modified graduation ceremonies on the following dates:

  • Sam Barlow High School: June 4, 2020 - 3 to 8 pm - SBHS parking lot
  • Gresham High School: June 5, 2020 - 3 to 8 pm - Former Kmart Parking Lot (GHS parking lot is unavailable due to ongoing construction.)
  • Springwater Trail High School: June 9, 2020 - 6 to 8 pm - Mountainview Christian Church

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak requires that the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 be different from past ceremonies. Alternative ceremonies were planned after soliciting ideas and feedback from senior students and their families and staff. Throughout the planning process, the District’s goal has been to plan events that allow all of our graduates to participate and celebrate their accomplishments with their families. In addition, if there are specific health concerns, this plan allows students and families the option of choosing not to participate.

Ceremonies to follow Health and Safety Protocols

To ensure all Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority guidelines are followed, the graduation ceremonies will follow a drive-through format. Below is a general outline of how the ceremonies will occur. High schools will provide more details in the coming days.

Ceremony outline

Each school will work individually with their community to organize parent arrival. Our goal is to ensure all graduates are able to receive their diploma and pose for a photo in an orderly manner that does not impede traffic.  Families will receive a  map of the graduation route for each location so that designated streets, entrances, and exits are used. To maintain social distancing guidelines and ensure traffic safety, families will need to remain in their vehicles throughout and exit the ceremony promptly.

More details to come for graduates and their families

High school principals will send out more details about the graduation ceremonies to seniors and their families including the specific routes for the drive-through ceremonies and information on how the line up will be organized.