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Mifflin Co. decides on graduation

MCHS planning on local drive-through diploma distribution

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County High School class of 2020 will have graduation memories that look a little different than traditional celebrations.

After considering all the options and sorting through ways to have commencement of some sort for this year’s graduates, Mifflin County High School is planning a drive-through diploma distribution. The event will be spread across three evenings, June 8 through 10, starting at 6 p.m. each day.

The high school sent out maps to graduates and their families showing them how the processional will take place. Students and family members will drive to the front of the high school on the date and time they were given. Only one car/graduate will be allowed to proceed to the front of the building at a time. Graduates are asked to wear their cap and gown.

Assistant Principal Kelly Campagna will stop each car at a designated location. The graduate will exit the car and walk to Principal Mark Crosson, where they will receive their diploma and have their picture taken. As the graduate walks to the staging area family members may take pictures if they wish but must remain in their cars.

Each graduate will be given a 5×7 copy of the picture.

Once a graduate receives a diploma, drivers can go to the student parking area and walk with family members to the picture area, which will be a separate area on the track, where family members can take pictures with their graduates. Prom advisers are setting up backdrops for the photos. There will be a tent in this area in case of rain.

There will be three separate photo areas set up so the guidelines of no more then 25 persons to an area can be maintained.

Crosson said the district also will air a virtual commencement ceremony set to be streamed at 6 p.m. on June 1. This can be seen on MCTV, the District Web Page (a designated link), Comcast and YouTube. This virtual ceremony will feature speeches from Mifflin County High School’s valedictorian, salutatorian, and an honor graduate as well as opening remarks by the senior class president.

In addition, they will be reading the names of all of the graduates and have pictures of each one in their cap and gown. The National Anthem and the Alma Mater also will be a part of the ceremony. The link on the district web page will be available all summer so that the ceremony can be watched at any time and/or more than once at the viewer’s discretion. Comcast will air the ceremony all summer as well. Each graduate will be given a copy of the ceremony.

“These have been very trying times for all of us given the restrictions and cancelations the pandemic has caused,” Crosson said. “Normal and traditional celebrations have not been possible but despite this our students and staff, and in particular the Class of 2020, have shown great resilience and perseverance and we are very proud of them. I want all of them to know how proud we are of them and we celebrate this accomplishment with them. Congratulations on a job well done. Go out in this world and make a difference — and I know you will.”

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