By CAITLYN L.J. KIM
IUSD has confirmed a virtual commencement ceremony for seniors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines.
On Thursday, Superintendent Terry Walker sent out an email stating, “Given our current reality, we are focusing on creating the best alternative we can… which is to design a virtual commencement ceremony that captures the voices of this incredible class…”
The ceremony will be on June 4th and will be in the form of a prerecorded video.
“It will not be live, but we will release it at a particular time and suggest people watch it (together on Zoom if they want) at the same time,” Assistant Principal Matthew Pate said.
To ensure quality in the virtual commencement ceremonies, IUSD will work with a professional production company.
Uni will incorporate the traditions of past years’ graduations in this year’s ceremony, to ensure that seniors get the recognition they deserve given the circumstances.
“It will include all of the normal segments we offer, including student speeches, senior song, principal’s address, senior shout outs, and the announcing of senior names. We will add photomontages and the like,” Pate said.
Staff and administration recognize the impact of this experience on the Class of 2020 and the sacrifices they have made.
“Our hearts are heavy because any alternative ceremony-no matter how much time and effort we invest- will understandably fall short of the tradition, gravitas, and energy of a formal, in-person graduation ceremony,” Dr. Astor said.
Walker stated, “The Class of 2020 will always be remembered for navigating an extraordinarily difficult time with exceptional grace, an indomitable spirit, and a willingness to sacrifice and serve.”