Saratoga Springs Schools asking grads and families to weigh in on graduation options

Mark Mulholland
Updated: May 20, 2020 06:32 PM
Created: May 20, 2020 05:09 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The June 26 Saratoga Springs High School Graduation hasn't officially been canceled, but it's not likely to happen, so the school is asking students and families to choose the next best option.

The pandemic is testing the creativity of schools across the country.

A district in New Hampshire is holding its graduation on a chairlift on a ski mountain.

In Saratoga Springs, there are three options on the table.

Superintendent Mike Patton says they could change, but the school is surveying grads and parents about their preference.

"We're really interested in gathering as much feedback as we can and input, most importantly from our students, our graduates, but also from their families," said Patton.

One option is a virtual ceremony where the students would be recognized on-line and get their diplomas in the mail.

"It's hard to sit on your couch and watch it on a TV or a laptop," said Natalie Jillson, student council president.

The second option is delaying graduation until later in the summer.

"Most of us would be willing to wait until July or perhaps even into August to have that sense of closure and celebration all together as a class," said Ellie Siebeneck, who is valedictorian of the Class of 2020.

But the delay option could mean there's no ceremony at all if conditions don't improve enough to allow in-person gatherings.

The third choice would have grads and families watch a recorded ceremony from their cars at the Malta Drive-In, but that would require splitting the class of approximately 540 students into two groups.  

"That will give us a guaranteed kind of final celebration. The only problem I have with that is that our class is split," said Trinity Hogben, senior class president.

The Saratoga High School graduation survey closes out to students and parents at midnight on Thursday.

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