Bixby announces modified traditional graduation ceremony plan

BIXBY, Okla. — Bixby school officials have released the plans for 2020 graduation.

After careful consideration of multiple scenarios for conducting the Bixby High School Class of 2020 Commencement, the district has decided to move forward with a modified traditional event at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, June 13.

The rain date will be Sunday, June 14.

The original graduation, which had been rescheduled for June 27 at ORU’s Mabee Center, has been canceled.

To allow for family participation in this once-in-a-lifetime event, we will stagger the commencement by hosting three consecutive events, each including one-third of the BHS graduating class.

By hosting the event outside and staggering the graduation ceremonies, the school will have adequate space to provide a safe distance between students and guests while complying with all OKSDE (Oklahoma State Department of Education) and CDC guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These considerations will enhance the safety of all participants by limiting direct exposure between guests outside of immediate families.

The three ceremonies will be conducted at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm.

Seniors assigned to each group will be announced later this week. Each senior will be allowed to invite up to ten guests to attend their ceremony.

The ceremonies will also be broadcast live to enable viewing by friends and family members who are unable to attend the event and/or belong to a vulnerable population.

For the event, students and BHS staff members will be seated on the field, with guests seated on either side of the stadium. The majority of each ceremony will be live, yet some portions may be pre-recorded and played via video screen on the field.

Bixby High School administrators will be meeting with teachers and student leaders this week to coordinate details and finalize the logistics for this event.

Other senior class activities such as prom and Gradfest are still being evaluated, yet may have to be postponed or canceled due to safety considerations.

While this final plan is not ideal, it allows BHS seniors to have a traditional ceremony and walk across a stage to receive their diploma.

Moving the event up by two weeks will also permit participation by more BHS students, as a late June or July graduation would exclude some graduates who are entering the Armed Services or otherwise unable to participate. Finally, it also has the benefit of bringing students together to celebrate this important milestone at their home stadium - a place of pride for many Spartan students.

The leadership of Bixby High School would like to thank our students and families for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.

“The Class of 2020 is an exemplary group of students who have achieved much success during their time at BHS. We are immensely proud of these students and look forward to giving them a meaningful and memorable graduation ceremony they so richly deserve.”