Cedarcrest High School
Class of 2020 Graduation Information
On Friday, June 12, 2020, Cedarcrest High School will be hosting a Commencement Car Processional for the Class of 2020.
Given the state of Washington and Governor Inslee's most recent guidelines on graduations, we have decided that the best way to honor our students is with the "Drive Through" option offered by OSPI and the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH). This Commencement Processional does allow students to get out of the house and participate in an event that will allow them to see their classmates and families, although it will be from their automobiles*.
This option does come with several requirements set out by the WSDH which we have adapted for our site at CHS.
NOTE: The following information was revised and updated as of Monday, June 8, 2020.
Revised Procession Route and Rules:
- Students and their family will enter the procession at the teacher parking lot. This is the parking lot where busses drop off students. This procession is for the student and their immediate family which includes parents, siblings, and grandparents (if you have room). Friends and extended family should not participate and cars without graduates will not be allowed to enter the site. See the FAQ's below, for direction on blended families.
- There will be staff located at the entrance to check you in and give you a card with your name on it, this will be needed later in the procession, so hold on to it!
- Proceed through the parking lot behind the back of the school to the student parking lot. We will have the route marked with cones and arrows on the ground.
- When you arrive at the student parking lot, you will be directed to a line-up. We will be cueing cars much like they are lined up at a ferry terminal to wait for the procession to start.
- When the procession starts, at 5PM, cars will proceed to the main entrance of the parking lot row by row. There will be staff there to guide you and arrows on the ground.
- Graduates should be dropped off at the sidewalk next to the stop sign leaving the parking lot. Students will walk the curved sidewalk leading to the front of the building. The sidewalk will be marked with "wolf paws" six feet apart that will guide distancing. Students should not get closer than 6 feet to the student in front or behind them.
- Students will show the card which they were given at check in, with their name on it, to the counselors as they proceed by them. The counselors will announce their name as they walk.
- When each student comes to the graduation table, their diploma and graduation "kit" will be placed on the table in front of them by the Riverview School District board members. The student will pick up their diploma and packet from the table and then continue to walk toward their family's car.
- Please note that the graduation kit and diploma have been prepared and isolated for over 10 days for safety. Also, those handling them on the day of graduation will be wearing masks and gloves.
- The parents in their cars will follow the student as they proceed around the graduation walkway which will give you a good view of them as they receive their diploma.
- We ask that after picking up their diploma, the student proceed directly to their car so that we can keep the procession moving. We must do this in order for the ceremony to be completed in a reasonable time.
- After the student returns to their car they should exit the main entrance and proceed down 150th Street. Please do not block 150th by stopping in an area where cars cannot go around you.
- For the first time in CHS history, and maybe the only time, students will be allowed to decorate their graduation caps. School appropriate please!
- We will begin the celebration with students arriving on campus as follows:
- Last name begins with A-G arrive between 4:15 to 4:30.
- Last name begins with H-N arrive between 4:30 to 4:45.
- Last name begins with O-Z arrive between 4:45 to 5:00.
- Procession starts at 5:00.
- Please do not arrive before 4:15, as it could be a long evening in the car.
- If there is no room on campus, we will cue up on 150th Street extending west.
Procession Start time: 5:00 PM. This is earlier than we normally begin the ceremony, however, we are not certain how long the processional will take and want to make sure we have enough time allotted.
We will have cameras positioned on campus along the way to photograph the cars, students and staff that will be on the route. A video of the event will be made available to download. We will be livestreaming the ceremony through our "Engage" website via Vimeo streaming and through Riverview's Facebook page. A link will be sent to families prior to the ceremony.
- Students, we know this is not what all of you anticipated for your graduation. It is not what any of us; parents, staff, friends, family, wanted for you. Believe me when we say that our staff enjoy the graduation celebration every bit as much as you do. Over the past four years, we have worked with you, sweat with you, worried with you, cried with you, and rejoiced in your accomplishments. So, although this feels like a bit of a loss for all of us, we do believe this will give everyone a chance to celebrate together.
Our plan is an option that will allow you to return to campus, see staff, see friends, and experience graduation with your family. Although a very different ceremony than we have ever seen, we hope it will give you a chance to rejoice with family and savor in this amazing accomplishment! We know one thing for sure, it will be unforgettable as this is a very, very, unique time in the history of the world.
*If you know a family who has a graduating senior and cannot participate because they do not have a car, please contact your counselor immediately.
- Does the student need to wear a mask? Yes, the student should wear a mask for the safety of themselves and others when they are out of the car for the procession.
- Will it be easy to follow the route? We have many RSD employees who have volunteered to help us organize this event and will be safely placed to help direct traffic. We will also have the procession route painted on the parking lot to help.
- Will there be restrooms or services available? No, not for general use. We will have restrooms open at the stadium for use by one person at a time. But they are only available for emergency use and will be monitored by a staff member.
- Will there be pictures? Yes, we will have a photographer taking pictures that will be posted for download purposes. The ceremony will also be live streamed and there will be a video that families can download.
- Can we take pictures? Yes, as your student proceeds around the walk you can take pictures from the car only. Please do not hold up the procession for pictures.
- Can our student ride in the back of our truck? You can, once you arrive on campus and are off public streets. However, the student MUST remain seated safely or will be asked to go into the cab of the truck.
- Can students get out of the car at any time? Students must stay in their car until they are at the procession at the front entry. At this time, they will get out of the car, walk, have their name announced, and collect their diploma. This is the only way we can guarantee safety for all.
- Can parents or family get out of the car at any time? No
- What if I decide not to participate in the procession? We understand that some families will not be comfortable with this type of procession. Students and families who do not participate will have their graduation kit mailed to them.
- We have a blended family and cannot fit in one car. Can we bring family in two cars? We know this is a concern. We are trying to limit the number of cars because we are unsure of how long this ceremony will take, and we have to respect that we will have people waiting in their cars from the time they arrive to the time of procession. That said, we understand and are allowing an additional car for blended families, but they need be together, one in front of the other and the student should tell the staff at the entry that the car behind them is with them. If you email us ahead of time that you are expecting to need a second car it would be helpful for us. Email email@example.com. Please respect that this procession is only for immediate family, parents, siblings, and grandparents (if there is room). Friends are not allowed to be in a car by Washington State Health Department guidelines.
Washington State Department of Health Guidelines:
The Washington State Department of Health is very specific on what is and is not allowed. Some of their requirements which we had to consider are below:
- In-Person ceremonies with audiences are not safe whether indoors or outside. Ceremonies held outside in stadiums or football fields are not allowed, regardless of ability to social/physically distance.
- High risk populations should stay home.
- People who have COVID-19 or who are in close contact with someone who has COVID19, must remain at home in isolation or quarantine.
- People must stay home if they feel sick.
- Each vehicle may contain only members from a single household who are not sick (no comingling of families or friends within a vehicle).
For a full statement of the WSDH requirements, refer to: