Submitted by Orcas Island School District.
For this year’s graduating class, the COVID-19 outbreak has meant the cancellation of our traditional graduation celebrations and ceremonies. However, we are committed to ensuring that the Orcas Island High School class of 2020 is celebrated and honored as only our community can do. While this year’s graduation will be different, it is important to note that graduation is about more than walking across the stage to collect a diploma. On Orcas Island graduation is a celebration of academic and personal achievement, it marks the beginning of the next phase of life for our graduates and it is always a celebration of family and community.
We invite our students, staff, families and community to celebrate the Class of 2020 in the coming weeks leading up to their graduation. Thanks to the amazing partnership between our school, our senior parents and our community we are excited to share the following celebrations that will be taking place and invite you to join us in celebrating these amazing young men and women.
All members of the Orcas Island community (both near and far), family, friends and graduates are invited to share a message with any and all of our graduating seniors. Your note will be printed on a keepsake page for the graduate. Simply click/follow this link and fill out our form: https://tinyurl.com/OrcasGrad2020
Senior Celebration Night is May 31
Seniors will be coming to campus to collect their graduation regalia and say good-bye to their teachers and school staff. Look for celebrations of our seniors in and around Eastsound on this night and over the following weeks.
Senior Project Presentations are June 9
This year our Seniors will be sharing their projects in a recorded format. A weblink to all senior project presentations will be shared with the community via the school website and Facebook page.
Celebration of Success
We will host our annual celebration of the graduating class and the awarding of local scholarships on June 12 at 10 a.m. We will live stream this event for the entire community to enjoy. Live stream information will be shared on the school district webpage (www.orcasislandschools.org) and Facebook page on the morning of the event.
Orcas High School Virtual Graduation
With the amazing support of Orcas Center (Dimitri Stankevich and Jake Perrine), Janet Brownell and Orcas Video (Emily and Erin Bennet) we will be celebrating our graduates in a live-streamed virtual graduation celebration on June 13 at 2 p.m. This recorded event will include all of the highlights of our traditional graduation. Live stream information will be shared on the school district webpage and Facebook page on the day of the event. Following this event graduates and their families will come to campus to receive their diplomas and other graduation items, look for decorated grad vehicles around the island.