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Auburn School District Announces Plans for 2020 Graduation

Auburn School District Seniors Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati has shared the district’s plan for the class of 2020’s graduation.  A letter was sent out Wednesday to Seniors and their families, and posted on the district Facebook page, relaying the plan.

“Dear ASD Seniors and Families:

June 13 is graduation day in the Auburn School District! I would like to thank you for your patience as we developed graduation plans for the Class of 2020. We have been meeting regularly to develop a memorable and fun event to celebrate our seniors. Because my son is a junior in high school, I know a lot of the Class of 2020 personally and watched many of them grow up. They are resilient, smart, kind, and alive! This pandemic, and the impacts on their senior year, will be a part of the story they share with their kids and grandkids.

Though not what any of us envisioned when school started in September, we have developed a plan that will honor this milestone in our seniors’ lives. Thanks to the feedback of our seniors, we know the desire of most is to do something with community and personality, and not a “virtual” graduation. Family support and fanfare to help celebrate are critical in making the plan succeed.

Here is a high-level overview of graduation:

–Each high school will have an in-person graduation plan with social distancing and safety requirements in place

–West Auburn will be celebrating in the Auburn Performing Arts Center parking lot, in a “drive-in” setting

–Auburn High, Auburn Mountainview, and Auburn Riverside will celebrate at their high school building instead of at Auburn Memorial Stadium

–Graduating nearly 400 seniors each, these schools will each share plans for sequenced arrival times and safe celebrations

–Families will be able to watch their graduate receive his/her diploma from a close distance

–A professional photographer will capture the moment for each graduate

We know it will not be the same as a traditional commencement. However, we will make the most of it! Everyone will have a chance to be honored in front of their family and see the teachers, staff, and administrators who have supported them.

Within a week, your student’s principal will send specifics on the time, route, and other important details about the event specific to your senior. My heart goes out to seniors and their families this year. The amazing, caring staff at each of the high schools have a lot of fun and inspirational online celebrations they will incorporate as graduation day nears.

Thank you for supporting your student during this difficult time. I am so proud of our seniors. Congratulations Class of 2020!

Dr. Alan Spicciati

One way many families have celebrated their seniors with a yard sign from local print shops.

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