SLSD grads to have in-person ceremonies


This year will see a bit more pomp and circumstance than last as South Lane School District (SLSD) seniors are scheduled attend graduation ceremonies on June 12.

To stay in compliance with state COVID-19 guidance, however, some adjustments are being made.

Spacing and capacity restrictions will require that only those with a ticket will be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies.

Al Kennedy High School (AKHS) will celebrate its graduates first on June 12 at 10 a.m. in the school’s outdoor classroom.

Each graduate will be given up to three tickets for family and friends. 

Pictures will be taken of every graduate as they walk across the stage and a printed picture will be provided free of charge to every graduate.  

At Cottage Grove High School (CGHS), the ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the stadium. Graduates may bring up to six guests.

Tickets will be distributed to graduates after graduation practice on Friday, June 11.

Seating options will be spaced appropriately throughout the bleachers and the field and face coverings are optional for spectators.

Pictures of each graduate will be taken and distributed to families free of charge. 

Both ceremonies will be streamed live for those unable to attend.

The Ace Charter School graduation ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Riverside Community Church. It will be live streamed on the school’s Facebook page.

The following week on June 18, the Child’s Way Charter graduation will be held at 6 p.m. at the Village Green.

The charter school ceremonies can be attended by invitation only and invitees will be contacted directly by each of the charter schools, as space will be limited.

Last year, graduates of Cottage Grove and Al Kennedy high schools resorted to a socially-distanced celebration which involved receiving their diplomas in their vehicles.

Sure to be a relief to many, this year’s in-person commencement will offer a chance for memory-making that last year lacked.

As COVID rates have dropped, Eugene, Springfield and Bethel school districts also announced ceremonies which would more resemble tradition graduations.

The SLSD ceremonies are subject to changes in state COVID guidance. As of press time, it had not been confirmed if Lane County reaching its vaccination target of 65 percent of residents 16 and older this week would have any impact on the ceremonies.

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