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Tecumseh to celebrate class of 2020

Elisabeth Slay

To honor the graduating class of 2020, Tecumseh Public Schools is releasing a virtual graduation video and holding a drive-through graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 19 at Tecumseh High School at 6 p.m.

According to Superintendent Tom Wilsie, the virtual graduation video will be released on the district's website at tecumseh.k12.ok.us around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Following the 'Virtual Graduation Ceremony' we will be presenting diplomas to our seniors in a special 'Drive Through Graduation Ceremony' on the (THS) campus," Wilsie said.

Wilsie said the video will last about an hour and the link will be available to view for at least two weeks.

In addition to being on the website, Wilsie said Vyve Broadband will be playing the virtual graduation on their local access channel.

"We encourage graduates, extended families and friends of the class of 2020 to view the video before the drive-through commencement finale," Wilsie said.

The superintendent explained the beginning at 6 p.m. graduating seniors will line up their cars at the Tecumseh Early Childhood Center (TECC) parking lot and move in a line down the roadway between TECC and THS.

Staff members from the high school will be at the drive-through ceremony to help graduates line up, Wilsie said.

Wilsie also said graduates can bring family members in one regular size car, they should wear their cap and gown and they can decorate their vehicles with balloons and signs if they so choose.

"Due to social distancing guidelines, we will not be able to accommodate any other spectators on campus other than those who are in the graduates' vehicle," Wilsie said.

There will be a stage set up for the ceremony Wilsie said at the south side of the high school's main building and in groups of three graduating seniors will drive in front of the stage.

"Graduates will move to the stage area where their names will be called, and they will walk across the stage to pick up their diploma covers," Wilsie said. "A professional photographer will also be there to photograph the moment. Family members will be asked to stay near their graduate’s vehicle to take videos and photographs."

Wilsie said the school wants to accommodate all graduating seniors but asks all graduates to be in the car line to participate in the ceremony no later than 8 p.m.

"If there are specific circumstances that you need to discuss regarding participation in the graduation finale for your graduate or family, please contact Mr. Dilbeck at (405) 598-2113," Wilsie said.