Shawnee schools to celebrate class of 2020

Elisabeth Slay | eslay@news-star

Shawnee Public Schools will celebrate the class of 2020 with a graduation parade and virtual ceremony Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

According to Superintendent Dr. April Grace, while this may not have been what they expected, the class of 2020 made the most of their senior year.

"Even though this school year gave us unexpected challenges, I am grateful for the way all of you, the Class of 2020, have faced these challenges with such grace and fortitude," Grace said. "Wherever your journey through life takes you, you will always be a Shawnee High School graduate. We will forever hold you in our hearts."

According to SPS Public Information Officer Cherity Pennington, there will be a senior parade on May 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Pennington said the parade will start in the Dillard's parking lot and a police escort will guide seniors from the Shawnee Mall, south on to Kickapoo to Kickapoo Spur, then to Pottenger before ending at Shawnee High School.

Graduates, Pennington said are asked to arrive at the Dillard's parking lot on the west side of Shawnee Mall by 2 p.m.

The community is encouraged to line up along Kickapoo and celebrate the seniors.

In addition to the parade, Pennington said SPS will have its first online graduation ceremony which will begin at 7 p.m. and will be available to view in several ways including the ShawneeCTV Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube channels and SPS social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.

Pennington said school administrators and students will address the class of 2020 and seniors' names will be announced by Senior Class Counselor Dianne Dodd.

The graduation ceremony will end with short videos of seniors celebrating submitted by the graduates Pennington said.

Pennington explained the district has scheduled an in-person graduation ceremony on July 1 at 7 p.m. at Firelake Arena.