LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- May 13, 2020 -- Lake Oswego School District today announced official plans to honor graduates in the class of 2020 from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools. Graduation plans include distant and in-person commemorative events.
"Commencement plans were made with special consideration for our graduates' wishes," said Dr. Lora de la Cruz, Superintendent, LOSD. "We heard a keen desire to receive diplomas on the official graduation day to mark the beginning of the next stage in life, and also a strong hope to experience traditions when we can be together."
The official graduation days for Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools are Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, respectively. On those days:
Diploma processions will drive through the high school campuses. Students will wear their cap and gown and each will be allowed to leave their car one at a time to walk across a stage as their names are announced and they are handed a diploma. Professional photographers will capture the event and family members will be able to share the moment and cheer for their graduates from their cars.
Award ceremony videos for each high school will be shared with graduates and their families to watch on the same day as the diploma parade.
The City of Lake Oswego Mayor and City Counselors are proclaiming the last week in May in honor of LOSD graduates, and Pamplin Media's Lake Oswego Review is creating an extended commemorative issue for each graduating class.
Leading up to the days, each high school is recognizing graduates with lawn signs at their homes and athletic field lights turned on for 20 minutes every Friday at 8:20 p.m.
Later in the summer, Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools will host in-person graduation ceremonies in the outdoor stadiums on July 16 and July 17, respectively. Both schools will conduct a graduation ceremony -- or ceremonies depending on the number of people allowed to gather at that time of year -- for the traditional procession of graduates, speeches by administration and senior speakers, musical performances by senior artists, and the cap toss.
For more information, contact LOSD Communications Director Mary Kay Larson, [email protected]