Graduation Update

Graduation Update
Posted on 04/23/2020
The following e-news was sent to the Xenia Community Schools on Thursday, April 23: 

Dear Xenia Community Schools Families,

In light of Governor DeWine's extension of the Stay at Home orders for schools across Ohio this week, I wanted to reach out to our community about a specific area of concern: Graduation.

As of right now, we are following the executive order issued by Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health to cease all large public gatherings for the time being in an effort to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.

Commencement ceremonies are a time-honored rite of passage for every graduating student that has been earned over their years at XCS. Given the fact that large group gatherings of this type are prohibited at this time, XHS is planning to honor our seniors with a virtual commencement ceremony on May 27 at 7:00 p.m.

We do know, by all indications, that Gov. DeWine is expected to ease the Stay at Home order in phases in the near future. Depending on what restrictions are lifted and when, as well as the overall public health situation at the time, we are still reserving the July 8 date as a time we could potentially hold a ceremony for our graduates.

I know this is not how any of us envisioned life would be in the current moment. However, we must be flexible and balanced as we try to acknowledge our students as they deserve and also ensure their safe exit to a bright future filled with multiple milestones and achievements, just as those proud graduates of XHS who came before them.

I know that many of you have other questions about the end of the year, and we are working to finalize those plans as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for our regular weekly commmunication tomorrow, when we will have more detail to share.

Sincerely, 
Dr. Gabriel Lofton, Superintendent
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