Graduation Ceremony 2020
An updated letter with additional information and more specifics on the graduation ceremony will be mailed out on May 7th. The information is listed below.
Seniors and Parents,
approximately one week out from graduation!
Congratulations on this exciting achievement. We recognize that this is not the ceremony
and event you planned for or even dreamed of, and we share your disappointment
that the usual format for our graduation cannot happen this year. However, we think that the ceremony we have
planned will be a unique and special way to recognize each senior based upon
the situation and requirements that we are under.
purpose of my letter today is to provide you with some final plans for the
ceremony. As you know, we will be doing
a drive-in style graduation, which will allow our student speakers to present
their speeches to the class, each member of the class to be recognized and
receive their scroll, and for the class to be together in the entirety for one
last time. The rough details of this
plan were sent home last Friday (May 1), as well as posted on the school
specific information I am providing today includes more specifics about the
ceremony, arrival time and parking instructions, as well as how each student
will receive their scroll during the ceremony.
information is as follows:
parking lot will be open at 4pm on Sunday, May 17th, which is one hour prior to the
ceremony. There will be NO advance
parking or early arrivals allowed.
Parking will be first come/first serve and will not be based upon alphabetical
order. Please know that the
entrance to the school will not be open until 4pm.
MUST bring the parking pass
that was sent out in the prior mailing.
Failure to bring the parking pass will prevent you from entering school
grounds and participating in the ceremony.
We will NOT have extra passes available at the gate.
vehicle you bring to the ceremony must be street legal.
No ATVs, trailers, hay wagons, etc.
A car, van, truck, etc. are all acceptable. No trailers will be permitted. In the case of pick-up trucks, no
passengers will be allowed to ride in the bed. All individuals attending must be in the cab
of the truck.
that you are allowed ONE vehicle per student, except in the case
of separated or divorced parents.
The passengers in the vehicle MUST include the graduating student. Any additional vehicles that have not been
given a parking pass will be turned away at the entrance to the school. In the instance that an additional pass is
needed for divorced/separated parents, obtaining an additional pass must be
done BEFORE May 15th. We
will not provide passes on the day of graduation.
MUST remain in YOUR vehicle. No one is permitted to move between vehicles,
trade vehicles, or gather outside of your vehicle. You may stand outside and next to your
vehicle temporarily while your graduate is being announced to improve your
line of sight, but once your graduate is announced, you need to re-enter your
ceremony information will be as follows (starting at approximately 5pm):
will have our usual introductions of the Board of Education, the
superintendents of Scioto Valley Schools and the Pike County Career Technology
Center, and Mr. Reuter.
student speaker will be introduced, at which time that student should exit
their vehicle and proceed to the stage to give their speech. TWO parents or passengers in their car may
proceed to the designated area in front of the parking lot to take a photograph
of their child speaking if they wish. At the conclusion of their speech, both
the student and photographer will immediately return to and re-enter their
it comes time for the introduction of graduates, all graduates will exit their
vehicles and remain standing next to them.
Mr. Reuter will be calling forth students in groups to receive their
scrolls, 10 students at a time. You will
receive a card when you arrive that has a number on it. That number will correspond with the group
you will be called forward in. Each
member of the group will have a clearly marked area in which they will stand to
receive their diploma. Once all members
of the group have proceeded to this designated location, each graduate will
have their name read and will be presented with their scroll.
students are called forward, they may bring TWO individuals with them to a
designated area for photography. This
area will be directly across from each graduate so that the individuals taking
photos can have a clear line of vision.
In addition, Mrs. Crothers will also be photographing the graduates
during the ceremony.
all members of the group have received their diplomas, each student and the
individual(s) taking photos will return to and re-enter their vehicles.
the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Reuter will present the entire class and
conduct the turning of the tassels. At
this point, graduates should step out and stand next to their cars until the
tassel is turned and then re-enter their vehicle.
the ceremony (approximately 6-6:20pm):
At the conclusion
of the ceremony, we will be celebrating the graduates by holding a parade of
cars through town. The entire village
will be invited to come outside on their porches and in their yards to cheer
and celebrate the kids. This parade of
cars will be led by members of the Piketon police department and buses from our
school district fleet. This is an
optional parade, and an alternative exit will be available if you choose not to
participate. Police and staff will guide
you in the proper direction at the end of the ceremony.
have completed the ceremony, attendees will be asked to leave the facility by
either participating in the parade or by alternative exits. There will be no congregating or gathering
permitted on school grounds after the ceremony.
We apologize for this, but the requirements put forth by the state
prohibit us from allowing mass gatherings beyond the graduation ceremony.
understand your disappointment at having a non-traditional ceremony, but we
look forward to creating this new memory with you on May 17th and
celebrating this momentous occasion. If
you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or by email.
forward to seeing you on the 17th!
Peitz, Senior Class Advisor Jeffrey P.
Reuter, High School Principal
Letter from May 1, 2020:__________________________________________________________________________________
This letter, a parking diagram and parking pass has been mailed to all seniors on Friday 5/1/2020, so you should be receiving them in the next few days.
Dear Seniors and Senior Parents,
My sincere apologies that this letter has taken so long to reach you. Due to consistent and steady changes in the requirements set forth by the Ohio Department of Education and the Governor’s office, we have been unable to finalize a graduation ceremony until very recently. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of that plan and the procedures that will need to be followed as part of the ceremony.
As you have probably seen on social media and the news, the
Ohio Department of Education is recommending a virtual graduation
ceremony. The administration and I,
however do not feel that a virtual graduation adequately provides recognition
for the twelve years of work you have put forth into this achievement. We also understand the importance of walking
across the stage, receiving your diploma, and celebrating this accomplishment
with your parents and classmates.
Graduating high school is an important step in the adventure of life,
and we want to celebrate it as appropriately as we can based upon the requirements
put forth in dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis.
As such, we will be holding a
drive-in style graduation this year that involves the entire senior class at
the same time. Rather than holding the
ceremony by appointment or doing a drive-thru, we feel that by using a drive-in
style, we will be able to celebrate each student in the same manner as what we
would during a normal ceremony, as well as hold an event that allows for all of
the seniors to celebrate each other. The
graduation ceremony will be held at the originally scheduled date and time of
May 17th at 5pm and will be held in the east parking lot between the
new high school and the old football stadium, in front of the weight room.
The procedure will be as follows:
Students will be allowed ONE car of individuals
(including the senior) to attend the ceremony.
Each car will enter the school grounds through the main
entrance and be directed to a parking space in the east parking lot.
Everyone will need to remain in their vehicle for the
duration of the ceremony unless directed otherwise by an administrator or law
enforcement personnel. This also means
that individuals in attendance may not switch cars or congregate outside of
We will conduct the ceremony as close to the usual
format as possible. Senior speeches will
be given in the usual manner, as well as members of the administration and
Board of Education will be in attendance to help direct the ceremony and
distribute scrolls to the seniors.
WHEN instructed, members of the senior class will exit
their vehicles and move to a predetermined spot in the front of the parking lot
(with social distancing requirements met) and will have their name, their
accomplishments (honors, high honors, etc.) announced, and receive their
Following the announcement of their name, each student
will return to their car and stand next to it until all members of the class
have been introduced. Mr. Reuter will
then present the class as a
whole and conduct the traditional “turning of the tassels”.
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, all cars will
be directed out of either the front entrance or the back entrance to school
property to ensure a safe and consistent traffic flow.
Please understand that we are
required to follow the Governor and Ohio Department of Health regulations
regarding social distancing and large mass gathering rules. As such, it is essential that spectators
remain in their vehicle at all times, and that seniors (when not receiving their
scroll), do so as well. Additionally,
students/parents/friends will NOT be allowed to congregate in the parking lot
following the ceremony. Once the
ceremony concludes, you will need to leave the property based on directions
from administration and law enforcement.
Enclosed, please find two things:
1) a diagram of the parking lot instructing how cars should be parked, the
location for students to stand during scroll presentation, and a designated
area for a one individual to take pictures of the graduate during the scroll
presentation, and 2) a vehicle pass to enter the school grounds for the
ceremony. This pass must be presented at
the main entrance to the school to gain entry for the ceremony. This pass will also need to be displayed on
your dashboard during the ceremony.
Students are instructed to wear
their cap and gown for the ceremony.
This includes the red gown, their cap, the stoll, and the tassel. We will also have a photographer available to
take formal pictures of each graduate. ALL
graduates will be photographed.
In addition, the ceremony will be filmed and edited to be broadcast via social media, YouTube, and the school website so that individuals who have extended family beyond the single carload can see the ceremony. The recorded version will include all student and administrative speakers, the presentation of each student’s scroll, and a collage containing pictures of all the seniors.
Again, we greatly appreciate your patience during this stressful and unique time. We understand the experiences that each senior has missed as a result of the pandemic, and hope that our ceremony will at least provide some sort of positive recognition for their efforts. While it is not perfect, and unfortunately can’t be due to the situation and guidelines we must follow, we believe that this graduation experience will be unique and memorable to all involved.
If you have questions, please do
not hesitate to reach out and contact us.
You can reach us via phone at (740) 289-2254 or by the emails listed
We look forward to celebrating with
you on May 17th at 5pm in the east parking lot!
Todd A. Peitz Jeffrey P. Reuter
Senior Class Advisor Principal
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