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Graduation Plans: Celebrating the Class of 2020

4J high schools will produce virtual ceremonies now, hold traditional commencements later, after event restrictions are lifted 

Eugene School District 4J’s graduation plans for the Class of 2020 will celebrate the accomplishments of high school seniors twice: first with virtual ceremonies in June, followed by in-person traditional commencement ceremonies when group gatherings can again be held.

Traditional graduation ceremonies cannot be held in June, due to public health restrictions for our community’s safety. Instead, to celebrate graduations on the original schedule, the district will go virtual. Each high school will produce a virtual graduation ceremony that will follow the look and feel of the traditional graduation ceremony, including student performances and speeches from the school’s principal and students. Each graduate’s name will be read by their chosen teacher, accompanied by a picture and quote selected by the student.

These virtual commencements will go online on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., and they will remain available on the high school’s website for several months, free and available for all friends and family members near and far to watch.

High schools will celebrate graduating seniors a second time with traditional in-person commencements when social distancing requirements have been lifted. The district will communicate with Class of 2020 students and families and determine scheduling once there is more clarity about when large-scale social events will be possible.

The Class of 2020 is a special one. The district wants to recognize and honor our graduates in a way that truly celebrates their many accomplishments throughout their K–12 school experience, and wishes them well on the next phase of their journey. High school commencement is a time-honored rite of passage. We recognize anything other than a traditional graduation ceremony in June may be less than satisfying, but this is simply not possible given restrictions to protect the health of our students, families, staff and community. We are committed to providing meaningful and memorable, if different, graduation experiences for this year’s seniors.

Additional celebrations:
Be the Light for Our Class of 2020
Signs to Celebrate Seniors
4J Better Together

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