The Covid-19 outbreak has changed life as we know it for everybody. One of the biggest groups affected the most by all the cancellations are high school seniors. Area proms were scheduled for this past Saturday, didn't happen. Now, the East, West High and Expo Class of 2020's commencement ceremony will look and feel very different.

Last Friday afternoon, Waterloo Schools made public the news that they will be holding a Virtual High School Graduation Ceremony.

According to a press release:

We are creating a memorable virtual ceremony for each high school that will be shared by Monday, June 1 as a video presentation via email, posted on our district YouTube channel, shared on our district Facebook page and aired multiple times on our Mediacom cable channel. Seniors and their families will be able to share the link with friends and family online, so loved ones can view the ceremony from the safety of their homes.

The virtual program will include traditional components, like student and administrator speeches. They will also include a photo of each graduate, using the most recent school photo. Any students who wish to substitute a picture in their cap and gown must submit those photos by the deadline of Monday, May 25. Seniors can pick up their cap and gown during curbside checkout on Tuesday, May 19. More complete information was sent to parents via email or it can be accessed on the Waterloo Schools Facebook page.

In a follow up to the original announcement: Parents and students received an email/text notification on Tuesday, stating that the school district had received requests to re-visit the plan. Families are encouraged to participate in a Graduation Ceremony Feedback Survey. As the graduation committee looks for additional opportunities for students to physically participate in a ceremony later in the summer. They are also asking for your feedback on other ways to celebrate the Class of 2020, in addition to the virtual graduation ceremony.

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