by Natalia Sosna
High school graduation. On the surface level, it’s just an event to mark the end of the school year. But for some, high-school graduation is a deeply rooted tradition in which we take the time to look back on the year, celebrate our achievements, and look forward to the next chapter of our lives. It’s safe to say that the question of this year’s graduation has crossed almost every students’ mind, especially the seniors. And while our school year may be drawing to a close, the social-distancing era of COVID-19 is not. So, this begs the question: What about graduation?
In a recent email, Mr. Zurfluh has announced that we will in fact be going through with the senior graduation. It is set to take place on Saturday, May 30th from 18:00 to 20:00. As our principal described it, the graduation will be in a “drive-in theater format on [the ASW] backfields.”
While the drive-in format may seem unconventional, the ASW staff have made an effort to preserve a lot of the usual graduation traditions while making adjustments that maintain social distancing requirements. We will still have a stage and large video screens that will display the ceremony. This will include presentations by student speakers and members of the administration. Since the event will take place outside, it is highly dependent on the weather conditions. Having said this, the ASW staff have made sure to have a back-up plan in case the weather doesn’t work in our favor.
Mr. Zurfluh has stated that there will be a limited audience of one car per graduate/family and there will be a sign-up before the event. The same applies to faculty members. As an additional safety precaution, the security team will manage the process of entry onto the school site as well as parking in the prescribed area. For those interested in watching the graduation, you can watch it live via the online live-stream.
So, what do the seniors think of this graduation format?
The general consensus about the drive-in graduation seems to be very positive. Seniors are very thankful for the effort made by the school faculty to preserve the graduation tradition.
“I think it’s a really sweet idea and I want to thank the school faculty for thinking about us and putting so much effort into making this event special,” says Ola N.
While unconventional, organizing the graduation in a drive-in format is a unique choice that is really appreciated.
“I know that the drive-in graduation will definitely be far from the ASW Polin Museum graduation but I think it’s cool that it will be different and something really memorable in its own way,” says Amelie R.