TWINSBURG — While the district still hopes to have an in-person commencement ceremony sometime this summer, the Twinsburg City Schools is working on details for a virtual graduation in May, just in case.
"The initial graduation ceremony planned for May 31 at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron was cancelled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic," said Superintendent Kathryn Powers in an April 21 message sent to parents. "In addition, the Ohio High School Athletic Association cancelled spring sports games and tournaments. The high school’s prom, originally scheduled for May 29, has been rescheduled for either June 12 or July 10, and an in-person graduation has been rescheduled for either June 28 or July 12."
Powers said school officials are working on a plan to "appropriately celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates while also being inclusive of our parents.
"Given the fact that Gov. [Mike] DeWine has prohibited mass gatherings of more than 10 people, the Twinsburg City School District is moving ahead with plans to create a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on May 31.
"The District is adhering to Governor DeWine’s recommendation that districts plan alternatives to end-of-the-school year celebrations and commencements since large gatherings of people still present a ‘dangerous situation’ and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future."
The district is working with Classic Teleproductions in Twinsburg for the virtual commencement ceremony, Powers said. Classic Teleproductions has assisted with the district’s annual production of Twinsburg Schools Today – Summer Edition.
Students and their families will be asked for their help in putting the ceremony together, Powers said. The virtual commencement will begin with a montage of family photos.
Families are asked to email family photos to Deb Bacon at Classic Teleproductions: email@example.com. Submit a jpg photo with the subject line: "THS Class of 2020, Family Photo" by May 7.
Caps and gowns will be scheduled for pick up at Twinsburg High School on April 30. In addition, seniors will be scheduled for their commencement video clip at Tiger Stadium on May 4 and 5; rain dates are May 6 and 7. Students must wear their caps and gowns for the video.
On May 8, seniors are encouraged to wear their prom dresses and suits for the district’s "All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go" event in the Commons in the high school.
Professional photos will be taken and will be included in the virtual commencement video. Business teacher Brittany Hartory will provide more details to seniors via Google classroom.
Also on that day, seniors will have the chance to have their senior spring sport photo taken in the Commons. Administration Athletic Coordinator Brian Fantone will provide details.
A large Class of 2020 banner will be posted on the lawn in front of Twinsburg High School during the week of May 11, courtesy of the Twinsburg Athletic Boosters. Seniors will be invited to take photos in front of the banner, of course while also practicing social distancing.
• Senior Awards and Scholarship recipients will be posted on the district website on May 14;
• Senior Signs will be distributed by members of the Twinsburg City School District staff directly to the homes of graduating seniors the week of May 18;
• A Virtual Academic Signing Day and A Virtual National Athletic Signing Day will occur in May, with dates yet to be determined;
• The district will schedule a Senior March during the week of May 25, with the specific date to be determined. Parents are encouraged to join their grad in their decorated family vehicle and parade through all three communities.