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No pomp under the circumstances

CCA cancels 2020 graduation amid COVID-19 concerns

TIFFIN– Seniors in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District were dealt two more disappointing blows on Wednesday, April 22, as both prom and graduation were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A letter sent to students and families stated, “We understand the disappointment this will cause for our students and all those who have worked tirelessly to plan this special event. However, we must remember that this is in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, families and our community at large.”
The district administrative team added it was not realistic to think the prom could be rescheduled in June or July.
The second gut punch announcement was the cancellation of graduation scheduled for Friday, May 22.
“We promise you; we are committed to celebrating our seniors so that commencement will not feel like another lost moment of your senior year. High school graduation is a once in a lifetime event. We will do our best to honor each and every one of our graduates.”
Because the event hosts over 1,000 people packed tightly into the high school gym, and given uncertainty of when it will be permissible, safe and socially responsible to gather in such a manner, the traditional ceremony will be replaced by a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 22.
“The virtual ceremony will be created to include many of the elements of the live ceremony while recognizing each of our graduates individually. This virtual commencement ceremony is a re-imagined format to celebrate this achievement. And it is an achievement the seniors reached while overcoming obstacles no class before has ever encountered.”
The district offered a glimmer of hope for the possibility of a traditional celebration this summer.
“If it is deemed safe in July, we will have an official ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 24, at 7 p.m.”
An official go or no-go decision will be made no later than July 10. Also, the Class of 2020 will be recognized during the fall homecoming festivities.
“With so many uncertainties, this is something we know we can do and has a definite timeline.”
The letter expressed the district’s respect for its seniors for continually showing their ability to overcome adversity, and their resilience.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating in so many ways. For the 2020 seniors, it means the loss of many important final moments.”