TULSA — Officials with Union High School announced that the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 23 at the BOK Center in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. The rescheduled date is "contingent upon all bans being lifted by the city and state in time for the event to take place," officials say.
About 1, 073 seniors from Union High School will be eligible to walk the stage, officials say.
“Given this year’s unprecedented disruption, I can think of no class more deserving of an exceptional graduation experience than Union’s Class of 2020,” said Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler. “Our fondest wish is to celebrate our graduating like they have never been celebrated before, and for their families to give them an appropriate send-off in person. In setting this date, however, we also recognize that safety measures for large public gatherings may still be in place. For that reason, we will make alternate plans for a ‘virtual graduation,’ in the event we would need to cancel the July 23 ceremony for safety reasons. Regardless of the venue, I want to assure seniors and their families that we will celebrate in style, whether in person or virtually.”
Should restrictions for public gatherings not be lifted by May 30, officials say that Union "would make the decision to proceed with a virtual graduation ceremony that would be live-streamed the evening of Monday, June 15."
"A virtual graduation is not our preference,” said Dr. Hartzler. “We just need to have an alternate plan in place should it become necessary. Regardless of the way we ultimately end up celebrating the achievement of our graduates, I guarantee we will do it The Union Way.”
Caps, gowns and other accessories can be picked up by students on April 21 or 22 between noon and 4 p.m. on the north side of Union High School. Officials say more information on rehearsal will be coming.
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