Elizabeth Beadle, Middletown district spokeswoman, said there are approximately 360 seniors that are candidates for graduation.
“The students didn’t want anything fancy,” she said. “They wanted it to be about them and Middletown High School. We thought that it was a good idea because it was student-driven.”
Beadle said the virtual ceremony will include pre-recorded speeches from Cotter and Middletown Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. as well as 15-second “Middie Moments” from teachers and parents.
On Monday and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, students can pick up the previously reserved loaner caps and gowns, and honor cords at the high school. They can also drop off books and Chomebooks during those times.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the school will hold a brief graduation ceremony via the district’s Facebook page, facebook.com/middletowncityschools. During this ceremony, the school ask that graduates at home wear their caps and gowns, and participate in the tassel transfer from right to left, the cap throw, and the jubilation with their quarantined family members.
In addition, family members are being invited to take pictures and short 15-second videos of the home celebrations and upload them to the school. The school will be creating a Middie family album of this momentous occasion.
On Thursday and Friday, graduates can return loaner gowns and collect their diplomas between 9 a.m. and noon at the high school.