BLHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony
BLHS Commencement Agenda
- Principal's Welcome | Cris Turner
- Processional | “Pomp & Circumstance” by Edward Elgar
- “Star Spangled Banner” by John Stafford Smith | Chamber Choir, Directed by Amy Ballard
- Introduction of School Board, Superintendent and Valedictorians | Cris Turner
- Faculty Speaker | To be announced
- Musical Performance | “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King | Performed by Sydney McClinton
- Class Speaker | Annika Lueders
- Musical Performance | “Omnia Sol, Let Your Heart Be Staid” by Z. Randall Stroope
Chamber Choir, Directed by Amy Ballard
- Class Speaker | Kalyssa Hesler
- Musical Performance | “I Lived” by One Republic | Performed by Charlotte Diers
- Scholarship and AA Degrees | Kelly Spier
- Principal’s Presentation of Class to Superintendent | Cris Turner
- Superintendent’s Confirmation | Dr. Laurie Dent
- Announcement of Diplomas | Counselors
- Declaration of Graduation | Kate Zender, Senior Class Advisor
SHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony
SHS Commencement Agenda
- Musical Medley | Sumner High School Jazz Ensembles, Directed by Joe Carl
- Principal’s Welcome | Kassie Meath, Principal
- Processional “Fanfare and Processional” by Elgar/Ployhar
Sumner High School Symphonic Band, Directed by Joe Carl
- National Anthem | Arr. By John Higgins
Sumner High School Symphonic Band, Directed by Emily Price and Hannah Price, Senior Drum Majors
- Class Speaker | Sophia Wasson
- Choral Selection “A Million Dreams”
Sumner High School Chamber Choir, Spartonix & senior choral students, Directed by Karlene Sandoval
- Class Speaker | Lauren Thrall
- International Baccalaureate Full Diploma Graduation Recognition | Dr. Laurie Dent, Superintendent
- Program Recognition | David Sandberg and Amanda Paulson
- Class Speaker | Joshua Lee
- Staff Speaker | Zach Lorden, English Teacher
- Presentation of Class of 2020 | Dr. Laurie Dent, Superintendent
- Announcement of Diplomas | Administrators, Counselors and Faculty
- Declaration of Graduates | Kayla Matthews and Jennifer Peters, Senior Class Advisors
- Recessional “Coronation March” by John Williams, arranged by James Burden
Sumner High School Symphonic Band, Directed by Joe Carl
April 15 Virtual Meeting for Seniors
Senior Information & Messages
There are many questions and concerns about graduation and other requirements for the 2020 senior class. We’re working hard to address all questions and offer support. Our commitment is helping you graduate and we will continue to look at solutions with your best interest in mind.
We are also working closely with our partners: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), State Board of Education, colleges, community colleges and universities that provide credit-bearing classes for students.
- Students on track to graduate
The State Legislature recently passed EHB 2965, which ensures students in the class of 2020, who were on track to graduate, will still earn their diploma.
- Students not on track to graduate
In the fall, every senior who was not on track to graduate met individually with counselors to review graduation requirements and develop plans to retrieve credits necessary to graduate. These plans were given to students and their family.
Students and families can check course and advisory grades through Family Access. Seniors not passing a class should complete any required missing assignments or assessments assigned prior to March 13. Students and parents can always reach out to teachers and counselors for questions and support.
- Students on track to graduate
Class of 2020 Graduates and Families:
You are all exceptional students who we are proud of and admire for setting an example of how to be courageous under times of great pressure. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we wouldn’t be able to honor you at a traditional graduation ceremony as you very much deserve. The Class of 2020 handled these extraordinary circumstances with courage, grace and the greatest sense of compassion for others.
Graduation is a time of celebration! We know that your families look forward to cheering you on and honoring your accomplishments as you complete this milestone and begin an exciting new journey. An important part of that celebration includes watching you, dressed in your regalia, walk across the stage and receive your diploma. When you told us that walking across the stage was important to you, we listened and took the necessary steps to make that experience happen.
Not knowing what the future restrictions for social distancing would be in June, filming you for graduation began as a backup plan. We all remained hopeful that restrictions would be lifted allowing for a traditional ceremony. After listening to Governor Inslee’s press conference today, and not knowing when we will move to Phase 4, we now know that a traditional ceremony will not be possible.
While we recognize that this year’s graduation filming wasn’t what you and so many of us had imagined, it did provide an opportunity for your families to celebrate. As it turns out, some special moments were created as seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas.
We understand that this has been a challenging time. So, knowing what we know now, we want to continue to help you celebrate your accomplishments and honor your hard work. To help you celebrate one final time, we have one more event in store for the class of 2020 - Reverse Victory Tour! Watch for more details to come on this event.
After the Victory Tour, I encourage you to proudly wear your cap and gown, gather with family and watch the live viewing of your school’s virtual graduation ceremony, which takes place at the same date and time of your regularly-scheduled graduation. If a family member or loved one is unable to attend, a couple of days prior to the graduation date, links to both ceremonies will be posted at www.sumnersd.org/seniors. Please make sure to share the link so they can celebrate with you.
After the live viewing, seniors and their families will receive new links to their school’s video, which will be available through August for continued viewing or downloading.
Congratulations on achieving your high school diploma!
Laurie Dent, Ph.D.
- Bonney Lake High School: June 10 at 6 p.m.
- Sumner High School: June 12 at 7 p.m.
Links will be posted at www.sumnersd.org/seniors a couple of days prior to each event.
News regarding graduation, prom + other senior events
In light of Gov. Inslee’s extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the District is now able to make certain decisions and move forward with more detailed planning for alternatives to some senior celebrations.
While the news of this extension brings mixed feelings, we’re determined to continue honoring seniors in creative ways that are meaningful, memorable and comply with the governor’s order for social distancing.
Prom: Unfortunately, due to the extension of social distancing orders and the closure of event venues, at this time we will not be able to hold prom for both Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.
Our seniors made it clear they’re not interested in a virtual prom, they’re interested in an in-person prom. We’ll remain hopeful that in June, the governor will provide further direction on social distancing that allows us to explore creative options for an in-person, alternative prom.
Graduation: Watching seniors pick up graduation regalia, delivering yard signs to their homes and driving by the stadium lights to honor the Class of 2020 has been a true delight. While we continue to hold out hope for some version of an in-person graduation, seniors and their families can expect to hear from high school principals about contingency planning for an alternative graduation format, which could include a combination of a small-group, in-person ceremony and video components of performances and speakers.
Bonney Lake High School Principal Mr. Turner and Sumner High School Principal Mrs. Meath, along with students, staff and parents will continue with the planning of senior events, such as senior showcase, senior awards, yearbook distribution and victory tour.
What will these events look like? Please stay tuned for details, and know that our planning teams have the very best interest of seniors and their families in mind.
Welcome back from spring break! I hope you found time to rest and relax before classes started today.
Virtual meeting reminder: April 15, 3 p.m.
I’m looking forward to meeting with you, via Zoom, to hear your ideas about graduation and other end-of-year celebrations. I’ll be joined by Mrs. Meath (SHS), Mr. Turner (BLHS), Mrs. Longland (Elhi Hill), Mrs. Denn (Central Office) and Mr. Sjolund (Central Office). Our entire team cares about what you’re going through and we’re here to support you!
Please know that graduation and other celebrations have not been cancelled. Decisions about end-of-year celebrations will be made when Gov. Inslee provides further direction regarding the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. In the meantime, without knowing what he’ll decide, it’s important to start thinking creatively and explore ideas for potential alternatives to in-person, live celebrations -- if it should come to that.
Here are two ways to submit your ideas about end-of-year celebrations:
Participate in the April 15 virtual meeting at 3 p.m.
After we receive your ideas, principals will work with students and parents to determine what graduation and other celebrations might look like once Governor Inslee makes a determination about social distance orders.
Superintendent Laurie Dent
I understand the challenges that your class has now been presented due to the current health crisis. Your senior year of high school is special. It marks the end of a milestone and the great beginning of a new journey. Even though I graduated in 1990 from Rogers High School, I still remember the night I walked across the stage at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and was handed my diploma by the Superintendent, Dr. Herbert Berg. It was a time for celebration and time to honor the hard work of four years.
Your senior year is also filled with college and career preparation, acknowledgements, ceremonies, yearbook signing and so much more. It’s hard to imagine that this time for celebration will look completely different than what you’ve imagined it would be all these years.
As we begin to think about how to celebrate the work and achievement of our seniors, while complying with social distancing orders, I want to hear your thoughts and ideas. I’m inviting you to join me in a virtual chat, Wednesday, April 15th at 3 PM to share your ideas for the best way the district can recognize you and your classmates.
I’m excited to work with you and start focusing on how we can make our current situation into something special and memorable for everyone! Between now and next Wednesday, please fill out this Senior Celebration Feedback form to submit your ideas.
Also, check out the Information for Seniors webpage, which has just been updated with graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education.
See you next Wednesday!