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Instructions for May 28 Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies for the Parkside Class of 2020 will be held on Thursday, May 28, with private individual ceremonies for each graduate and a maximum of four guests held throughout the afternoon and evening. To ensure everyone's safety, our program will meet all social distancing and health mandates. Parents have already registered for their graduate's individual time and following are the instructions to families for Thursday's ceremony.

1. Please plan on arriving with your group of no more than five (four guests plus your graduate) in the main east parking lot no more than 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled graduation time. Group sizes will be strictly enforced so we can comply with health guidelines.

2. We will require everyone to wear a mask while entering and inside the school.

3. Staff volunteers will assist and guide your family through the stages for entering the building. When it is your graduate's turn, staff will direct you to enter the east entrance lobby. You will then proceed to the area outside the gymnasium waiting for your graduate's turn for the ceremony.

4. We will guide your child and family through the ceremony which will include the graduate's walk to the stage, the reading of his or her name, the walk across the stage and picking up the diploma and the child's graduation photograph.

5. After the conclusion of the brief ceremony, a staff volunteer will guide your graduate and four guests out of a different door and back to the parking lot. We respectfully ask that people do not loiter in the parking lot before or after the ceremony.

We expect the entire process from arrival to departure to take no more than 20 minutes, while the ceremony itself will take less than 5 minutes. Photography inside the ceremony is welcome, but this will be informal and there will be no music. Those features will be added with the final Class of 2020 video which will be distributed at a later time.

We are working to provide this private individual ceremony in compliance with current health guidelines, and we respectfully ask for your cooperation with these guidelines, including the use of your masks. Participation is totally voluntary and your child will be included in the graduation video regardless of whether he or she participates in the private ceremony. Our goal is to make this a safe, meaningful and dignified celebration for our graduates and families, all while staying in compliance with current health mandates.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns and congratulations to the Parkside Class of 2020!

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Peru Elementary District 124 1800 Church Street Peru, IL  61354
Phone: 815-223-1111 FAX: 815-223-0490

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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