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Socially-distanced graduations underway at Oswego East, Oswego High Schools

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Graduation ceremonies for Oswego High School and Oswego East High School began Tuesday morning with groups of 10 graduates making their way into each school in socially distanced groups.

The ceremonies, modified because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, saw students line up on one side of their school’s auditorium stage. Each student had their name read, and then they walked across the stage before the mostly empty auditorium to receive their diploma.

Following Illinois’ entrance into the Phase 3 the Restore Illinois pandemic recovery program, students were given the ability to have two guests accompany them into the school to observe the ceremony.

At Oswego High School, parents stood in the center of the Barnes Performing Arts Center to watch their student proceed across the stage. At Oswego East, parents waited at the opposite side of the Performing Arts Center stage, taking pictures and videos as their students crossed.

Spaces were set up inside and outside of the schools for students and families to take pictures before and after receiving their diplomas. Special touches at each schools included balloon displays, signs designed by teachers and staff, and the wolf and panther inflatables most often seen on the schools’ football fields before the start of varsity games.

Graduation ceremonies will continue through Thursday, June 18, at both high schools. Livestreams of the ceremonies can be found on the district’s website, www.sd308.org.

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