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Grants Pass High honors senior traditions at cap and gown pick-up

The Senior Walk, a long-lasting Grants Pass High School tradition was honored at Wednesday's cap and gown pick-up.

Posted: May 27, 2020 7:54 PM
Updated: May 27, 2020 8:01 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore--- The Senior Walk, a long-lasting Grants Pass High School tradition was honored at Wednesday's cap and gown pick-up. 

While being safe and sanitizing the pen after every signage, the Class of 2020 signed a famous stretch of sidewalk on the Grants Pass High campus. The signatures will remain there until the Class of 2021 replaces them.

It is a tradition that was very important for the Grants Pass seniors to keep. 

"In fact, that was one of the things that the seniors said. "We are not going to get to sign the Senior Walk." So, to be able to allow them to have a chance to do that, we sanitized the pen after every signage. But they have been able to do that, and see where their friends are signing, and being able to maintain some of those traditions is really important." said Grants Pass principal Ryan Thompson. 

After the students dropped school property like athletic uniforms off, they went on a walk around the Grants Pass football field. Along the way, they received their caps and gowns, took graduation pictures, and made sure to drop thank you cards off for their teachers. 

One thing that Thompson remains focused on, is the unique stories this class will be able to tell compared to others.

"These are unprecedented times for all of us," said Thompson. "I think in some ways it maybe helps soften the blow. It is hard when you are 18 to put yourself in the shoes of a 40-year-old talking to your kids. But at the same time, it is unprecedented and they will have stories to tell."

During the pick-up, all of the students and faculty members wore face coverings and practiced social distancing. Even though they were far away from each other, it wasn't uncommon to hear "Congratulations" shouted across the football field.

This one of the many ways that schools around the Rogue Valley are taking on graduation. St. Mary's held a drive-in graduation last week. Other schools are still making plans for the big day.

Grants Pass High School is planning a graduation for June 26, 2020. Plans for that graduation are still in the works. There is still no way to know what phase of reopening our local counties will be in by then. 

When those plans become more concrete, NewsWatch 12 will bring you more details.

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