Letter to Michigan City High School seniors

Letter to Michigan City High School seniors

Dear Class of 2020:

I want to begin with a sincere thank-you to all who gave feedback on our senior survey. After careful consideration of all of the options, we have determined that an in-person ceremony with 360+ graduates (and thousands of guests) is not possible, regardless of the venue or the date. This was a difficult decision, but one that we had to make to ensure the safety of our students, families, and the larger community.

As a result, we are planning a virtual graduation ceremony, followed by a “drive-through” pick up of your diploma. The virtual ceremony will take place at the time and date originally scheduled for graduation: Sunday, June 7 at 12:00 noon. This virtual celebration will be broadcast live on our website, Facebook, YouTube, and Channel 98 for you and your extended family and friends to view. (It will be also available online for viewing later.) This ceremony will be starring YOU, in your cap and gown, noting your honors, and featuring speeches from your Class of 2020 President and Student Council President.

Following the ceremony, we will ask you and your family (one car per graduate) to drive to MCHS to receive your diploma and other awards that afternoon. We’ll be sharing additional details with you regarding the time of the “drive-through diploma” pick-up as soon as we have logistics finalized.

Now... we have to get to work to make this happen! Please see the information below for some VERY important details about the ceremony, caps and gowns, announcements, yard signs, and more. Throughout the coming weeks, we will honor you in other ways, too. I salute each and every one of you. Our teachers and staff, our district administration – our whole community stands behind you.

You are also not done yet! Our final day of eLearning is May 13, and I know that many of you are working hard to finish assignments, study for AP exams, and prepare for the next chapter. Remember that all eLearning assignments are due by May 20 and teachers and counselors are available to help you through May 27.

I realize this is not how you pictured the conclusion of your final year. But I also know this class is talented, brave, resilient, and STRONG. So please take a deep breath. Remember the many positives of your high school experience over these past four years, the friends you have made, and the teachers who have made a lasting difference for you. We will get through this together. I am so proud of all you have accomplished and look forward to celebrating with you in the coming weeks!


Mr. Kevin Goralczyk

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