NORTHFIELD CENTER -— The administration with the Nordonia Hills City Schools recently announced its plans for this year’s graduating class, which includes a screening of a recorded graduation ceremony at a local drive-in theater and a senior parade.

Many area districts have had to come up with alternative plans due to the concerns surrounding the pandemic and the state’s prohibition against gatherings of more than 10 people.

Senior Awards were May 7, with the district recording the Senior Award ceremony and publishing it online on the original Senior Award date.

The Scholarship Banquet, which also is being recorded, were published May 14.

The Superintendent's Awards Banquet, which is being recorded, were published May 19. This event recognizes the Top 10% of the Senior class after seven semesters of school and allows each of these students to also recognize the staff member who was influential on their academic career. 

Senior Day and Senior Parade is scheduled for May 21. The building will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day for seniors to come in to return textbooks, Chromebooks, uniforms, clean out academic and athletic lockers, pay fees, and pick-up their caps and gowns and award packets. Senior should sign up for a timeslot on the Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a49a8aa29a7f58-senior

Seniors should then report back to the high school between 6:30 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. to line-up for the Senior Parade (no sign-up needed). The Parade will leave the high school by police escort at 7 p.m. and travel throughout the district, visiting each school. The Parade will end at Nordonia Middle School. Students should wear their caps and gowns, decorate their cars, have a designated driver, and ride in the back seat with both windows down.

Individual Commencement Taping is June 1 through June 3 at Nordonia High School. Students (expect for the Top 10 percent) should use the Sign-Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A49A8AA29A7F58-individual to reserve their spot for them walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Students should wear their caps and gowns. Families are welcome to attend, but are reminded to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Class of 2020 Individual Commencement is June 18, 2020 at Midway Drive-In Theater, 2736 OH-59 in Ravenna. Graduates should arrive with their families - one car per family, please. Students should wear their caps and gowns. The showing of our graduation video will begin promptly at 9 p.m., followed by a showing of the Senior Class video, and a fireworks display provided by American Fireworks. 

If restrictions are lifted later this summer, the district will consider having an in-person commencement on July 25 at William Boliantz Stadium.

"Although we do have EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall reserved for this date, it is highly unlikely an indoor ceremony will be allowed," said Superintendent Joe Clark. "We will continue to adhere to the guidelines set-forth by our Governor and will provide more information about this option, should we be able."