Jenks to have two graduation ceremonies, GradFest and Prom cancelled

Jenks to have two graduation ceremonies, GradFest and Prom cancelled

Jenks Public Schools announced Thursday it will have two separate traditional commencement ceremonies June 26 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.

The first graduation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. for Jenks High School 2020 seniors with last names that begin with A through K. The second ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. for those seniors with last names that begin with L through Z.

Doors for the first ceremony will open at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for the second.

Both ceremonies will be streamed live on the Jenks Public Schools Facebook page and each graduate will be allowed to have four spectators in attendance.

There will be temperature checks for all spectators and graduates and six feet of separation between each seated graduate.

All graduates will be escorted to their seats as they arrive to the Mabee Center. There will be open rows between spectators with the unused rows from the first ceremony being the used rows for the second ceremony.

Families/households can be seated together, but there will be six feet of separation between them and other attending families.

Jenks Public Schools staff will be required to wear masks and graduates and audience are highly recommended to wear masks.

All seats, armrests and rails will be sanitized between ceremonies.

There will only be a rehearsal for graduates who are speaking at the commencement. The two ceremonies are optional and according to Jenks Public Schools, more information on the two ceremonies will be released next week.

The two traditional commencement ceremonies follow the May 18 virtual graduation Jenks Public Schools held for its seniors.

GradFest, Prom cancelled

Jenks Public Schools also announced Thursday that GradFest and Prom have been officially cancelled due to social distancing protocols. JPS also said more information is coming soon on how to get refunds for GradFest if you had already registered.

“We recognize the significance of these events, and we regret that circumstances preclude us from having some of them,” Jenks Public Schools released in a statement Thursday on social media. “We look forward to seeing graduates at commencement and we wish all of you well as you prepare for the next chapter of your life.”

Kyle Salomon

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