District 209 will hold its first-ever virtual commencement ceremony on May 24, 10 a.m., for the Class of 2020 from Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Math and Science Academy, administrators announced on Saturday.
“The virtual commencement ceremonies are pre-recorded videos that will closely follow our traditional program which includes student speeches, commencement remarks from the Board of Education President, superintendent, principals, administration, teachers and the readings of our graduates’ names along with inspirational quotes and messages,” administrators stated.
“Each student will receive a personalized, individual student page in addition to the overall production,” officials stated. “The page contains messages of inspiration and congratulations from their family and friends. Students will also receive a link to their personal page via email.”
“Students, families, and friends can view the ceremony whenever they are ready within the comfort of their homes or place of their choice. Anyone viewing will be able to play, pause, rewind, and fast forward each video to their needs, watching and re-watching as many times as they would like. Additionally, the link will be shareable to ensure that you can experience this special moment with your loved ones. ”
District 209 Superintendent Jesse Rodríguez said that the virtual ceremonies “demonstrate our love for our students during a very difficult and restrictive time. Seniors, your hard work has not gone unnoticed and will not be forgotten.”
“Class of 2020 – your experience has been interrupted but the final chapter has yet to be written,” said D209 Board President Rodney Alexander. “We remain inspired by your resilience, your strength, and your compassion. All of your teachers and staff are committed to working with you so that this last chapter honors your voice and your legacy. Let’s write this last chapter together!”