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Graduation Information for Families


Good afternoon RUSD seniors and families.

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. I want to share some important and much-anticipated information as it relates to graduation.

Over the last several weeks we have heard from our seniors and their families that they want a graduation ceremony that is meaningful. A chance to put on their caps and gowns, take a picture and provide closure to a very unique senior year.

While we had initially hoped to hold a virtual ceremony in June and an in-person ceremony in August, we know now that an August in-person ceremony will not be possible. As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase in Racine, we must keep your health and wellbeing at the forefront of our decision-making.

So, in an effort to do our very best to provide you something special, while adhering to state and local health guidelines, we have decided to shift from our original graduation plan to something a little different, that we feel will honor you the way you deserve.

RUSD’s five high schools are developing a plan to hold drive-through ceremonies July 9-11.  These drive-through graduation ceremonies will provide students and their families the opportunity to take a photo, receive their diploma and be celebrated by school staff. We are also working to develop a graduation video to be shared after the event.

Details about time slots, the number of people allowed, protocols, etc. will be coming directly from your school’s principal so you know exactly what to expect and we are working closely with our local health departments as we finalize details.

We apologize for the change in plans. With the COVID-19 situation continuing to evolve, it became extremely difficult to plan both a virtual and in-person ceremony with health and safety guidelines continuously changing. This new plan allows us to focus our resources on one event to make it the best we possibly can given the circumstances.

We know things will likely change between now and July, so watch for details and more information as we get closer to the event. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the class of 2020!

Dr. Eric Gallien
Superintendent of Schools