As the 2020-2021 school year comes to an end, Oswego School District 308 has announced several activities and celebrations for the class of 2021 amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
In the lead-up to graduation, seniors will have opportunities to gather and celebrate in events sponsored by the district.
On May 7, seniors can participate in a “Red Carpet Welcome,” where they are encouraged to dress up and walk the red carpet at their high school, and capture the memory with a photo backdrop. Students will be able to sign up for a timeslot, allowing for social distancing.
The district has also coordinated with the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce to share opportunities for local dinner specials or group activities for interested students.
May 8 will see a food truck celebration hosted at Oswego High School from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Students will be able to sign up for one of two available 90-minute time slots featuring food, music, outdoor activities and time with friends. Food tables will be spaced apart to allow for social distancing.
Later that day, an outdoor movie will be hosted at Oswego East High School beginning at 7:30 p.m. Students will be able to reserve a space to watch a film broadcast across two large screens. Students can bring lawn chairs or blankets for their assigned space, socially distanced from others. Concessions will be available for sale.
The year ends for seniors on May 22, with Oswego East High School’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. and Oswego High School’s at 3:30 p.m., in the Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium.
According to the district, four guest tickets will be provided to each graduate.
The ceremonies will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, an alternate indoor plan will be used on the same date.
The district has held the graduation ceremonies indoors at the NIU Convocation Center for the past several years. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies for members of the OHS and OEHS Class of 2020, which had been scheduled at the Convocation Center, were delayed and then finally held over a period of multiple days at the two schools last summer.
Source: The Daily Chronicle