Streetsboro High School is working with the Portage County Health Department to devise an acceptable plan for an in-person commencement, but is also taking steps toward a semi-virtual graduation celebration at the Midway Drive-In on June 25.

Seniors and parents completed a survey last week, and a majority said they would like to have an in-person ceremony, that the ceremony should be with classmates, and that it should be safe.

Principal James Hogue said that they would like to hold an in-person ceremony on May 26 at the high school, but, "Unfortunately, this is not a sure thing. Some might even say it is not likely."

The high school is therefore making alternate plans and will hold private family ceremonies May 11-15 in the high school auditorium. Students will be scheduled every 10 minutes beginning at noon each day and ending at 8 p.m. Parents can take photos after.

The ceremonies will be recorded and will be included in a video production to honor the Class of 2020. The video will be shown to the entire graduating class at the Midway Drive-In on June 25. 

"We believe that these actions will allow families to share in each graduate’s celebration, while also providing a culminating experience for all of the members of the senior class at the viewing celebration," Hogue said. "Thank you for your time, attention and patience with us, as we attempt to navigate this unprecedented situation. We intend to do our best to honor our graduates in such a way as to make these memories those that will last a lifetime."