FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Graduation is going virtual for Fort Wayne Community high schools.
Seniors will receive their diplomas and awards during a special drive-thru event that’ll take place on the schools’ previously scheduled graduation dates between June 4-6.
With COVID-19 uncertainty and a small window before some students leave for college, FWCS determined a virtual commencement was the safest option for the Class of 2020 and their families.
But making the choice wasn't easy.
Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, says, “This decision is heartbreaking for us and our 2,070 seniors.”
Parents like Amber Newmy feel the disappointment, too.
Newmy’s son, a senior color guard member at Wayne High School was on the brink of receiving his pilot’s license before classes ceased.
She plans to keep his cap and gown to retain some good memory of her son's milestone.
Newmy says, "It’s a keepsake that’s going to remind him, ‘Hey, you made it through two of the hardest times in the history of your 18 years, one being 9/11 and one being graduation during a pandemic...'and you all are coming out looking stronger than ever before.”
The five FWCS high schools will distribute caps, gowns, and other graduation materials over the next two weeks.
During the material pick-up, all seniors will receive a yard sign designating their status as a member of the Class of 2020 with their high school logo, as well as their cap and gown.
A professional photographer will be present to take individual pictures of the seniors.
Then the pictures will be converted into a final production that students and their families can watch in the comfort of their homes at a later date.
Seniors can pick up their materials at assigned times from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.:
Tuesday, May 12, South Side High School
Thursday, May 14, Snider High School
Friday, May 15, Northrop High School
Tuesday, May 19, Wayne High School
Wednesday, May 20, North Side High School