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Kootenai County, Spokane Public Schools hold modified graduations

While coronavirus led to traditional graduations being canceled, SPS is finding a way to celebrate its seniors.

SPOKANE, Wash. — While the Class of 2020 may not be able to celebrate graduation in-person with their friend, family and classmates, Spokane Public Schools and seven high school in Kootenai County are holding drive-through events for their seniors.

Spokane Public Schools

The current set of planned events range started on June 2 and go until Sunday, June 7. They allow students and their families to drive-through their school's campus and students can get out and walk across a stage one at a time to get their diplomas.

The remaining events are as follows:

MAP (STEP Portable): Friday, June 5, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Pratt High School: Friday. June 5, 1-3 p.m.

Rogers High School: Saturday, June 6, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Ferris High School: Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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North Central High School: Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Lewis and Clark High School*: Sunday, June 7, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Shadle Park High School: Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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*Lewis and Clark High School's event is being held at Hart Field.

Kootenai County High Schools

Seven Kootenai County high schools are holding live-streamed graduations that will be open for in-person attendance for the family of graduates only. 

According to a release from Kootenai County Fairgrounds General Manager Alexcia Jordan, who is helping organize and host the events, the graduations will be held in a drive-in fashion. Families of graduates will be given an FM frequency to tune-in to in order to listen to the ceremony, and graduates will walk across the stage in small, socially distanced groups.

"We worked closely with local officials and Panhandle Health District to make this happen and we are thrilled to offer this unique solution to our area seniors when it looked as though they may have had no other option to commerate this huge milestone in their lives," Jordan said.

Graduation ceremonies that already happened and are still scheduled are as follows: 

  • Coeur d'Alene Charter: Wednesday, June 3, 6 p.m.
  • New Visions: Thursday, June 4, 4 p.m.
  • Post Falls High School: Thursday, June 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • Coeur d'Alene High School: Friday, June 5, 6 p.m.
  • Lake City High School: Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
  • Timberlake High School: Saturday, June 6, 3 p.m.
  • Lakeland High School: Saturday, June 6, 6 p.m.

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