Drive-up Graduation Planned

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MIDDLETON–Since canceling the traditional graduation slated for June, the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) is now planning to hold a Drive-Up Graduation Ceremony at Middleton High School (MHS) July 25.

The district is still working out details out for the event, but officials are hoping it will include:

• Assigned times based on last names of students to keep traffic from backing up. This iwould be similar to the cap and gown distribution in late May.

• Graduates having their name introduced as they enter the loop adjacent to Bristol Street.

• MHS principal Peg Shoemaker, CSCS principal Jill Gurtner and Superintendent Dana Monogue would be on hand to congratulate graduates and their families as they get their diploma.

• A digital sign courtesy of the City of Middleton to congratulate graduates.

• Multiple backdrops so that graduates and their families can leave their vehicles to take a few quick photos. Graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and gown for photos.

The district is planning to hold the event on July 25, rain or shine, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said. Graduates and their families were notified about the event via email on July 10. The district had announced earlier in the spring it would make a decision about a ceremony by July 11.

To get a better idea how many graduates will attend, members of the Class of 2020 have been asked to fill out this online form. Graduates should also include how to phonetically pronounce their name so that it can be stated correctly. Graduates must complete the form by July 15. 

The district's media production department also continues to work on a Class of 2020 virtual graduation ceremony video. The link will be shared with graduates and their families and also available on the district, MHS and CSCS websites along with the MCPASD YouTube Channel. It will include speeches from class members, the presentation of the graduates by Gurtner and Shoemaker, short remarks by Monogue and the names and photos of each graduate. The district hopes to have the video ready for distribution on July 25. 

Hibner noted the District had hoped to be able to hold an in-person ceremony at Breitenbach Stadium on the same date, but with Public Health Madison & Dane County’s recent order limiting outdoor gatherings to 25 people or fewer deemed impossible to make such an event work.

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