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ISD 728 Plans Series of Graduation Events for Class of 2020 

ISD 728 will celebrate its more than 1,000 graduates in the Class of 2020 with a series of events planned for early June, the District announced at the ISD 728 School Board meeting Monday, May 11, 2020.

 “With guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education, we feel that we can safely celebrate our senior students, their achievements and the annual commencement with a series of events next month,” said Superintendent Dan Bittman. “As Gov. [Tim] Walz said, this class will share an immeasurable bond, having overcome so much this year. It’s only right we celebrate them with our ISD 728 communities.” 

The series of events - which is in the final planning stages - will include a car parade at each school - Ivan Sand Community High, Zimmerman High, Rogers High and Elk River High schools, and an opportunity for each graduate to walk across a platform, receive a diploma, and have a picture taken. The “drive through” ceremonies would be done with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and include students picking up their diplomas on what would have been traditional graduation day - which is set for the first week of June. 

Later, a “virtual” commencement ceremony, featuring the traditional statements from students and school leaders, as well as the annual presentation of the Class of 2020, would be filmed and include the reading of each graduate’s name. The broadcast would also include footage from the drive through ceremony, if possible. 

In addition, the Class of 2020 will be invited to an event in the fall to be recognized and to gather with classmates when it is deemed safe by MDH and other state leaders. This would likely take place around each school’s Homecoming festivities.

“While we realize this isn’t the traditional way to celebrate the culmination of our seniors’ journey in our schools, it is what we feel we can safely do to honor them in the midst of this pandemic. We have involved our school leaders and our students in this conversation, and are excited to move forward,” said Dr. Jana Hennen-Burr, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. “It’s safe to say the Class of 2020 won’t be forgotten. They’ve been a symbol of perseverance and teamwork.” 

More information about the ceremonies will be coming from the District and individual buildings soon. Check the District’s website, www.isd728.org, for updates.