OSCODA – The Class of 2020 is set to graduate on the Oscoda High School (OHS) football field on Sunday, June 28, at 1 p.m. 

The finalized plans came together on Tuesday, June 23, and also included details on graduation rehearsal, baccalaureate and the awards ceremony. 

According to OHS Principal Terry Allison, graduates will be required to gather on the football field on Wednesday, June 24 (today) for graduation rehearsal at 5 p.m. in order to have the opportunity to walk on Sunday. If the weather doesn’t cooperate graduation rehearsal will take place the following day, Thursday, at 5 p.m. 

During rehearsal, their cars will be decorated by community members. For graduates interested in participating in the baccalaureate ceremony, they will be asked to get in their cars and line up for a car procession. 

According to Allison, the procession will be led by the Oscoda Township Fire and Police Department from the school down River Road to US-23 and from US-23 to the Assembly of God Church, located at 5581 Old US Hwy 23, Oscoda. The procession will commence at 6 p.m. and the baccalaureate ceremony will begin once all graduates have made it to the church parking lot. Those in attendance will be asked to tune their radios to a specific station in order to hear the ceremony. 

On Sunday, June 28, graduates will gather at the OHS football field for the awards and commencement ceremony, weather permitting. Graduates will be given two tickets to allow each parent to attend the ceremony. 

Parents will be asked to sit in the bleachers, six feet apart, from other parents. Others family members and friends wishing to attend the graduation will be asked to watch from outside the track fence. 

Additionally, for those attending in person, Allison said the committee is recommending that masks be worn. Specific masks will be provided to all the graduates. 

If the ceremony needs to be moved inside due to weather, those watching the ceremony from outside the fence will be asked to watch the ceremony via live-stream from the parking lot in their cars. A live-stream link is set to be posted at oscodaschools.org on the home page between noon and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Those interested in watching the graduation ceremony can do so by clicking on that link which will direct them to the live stream. 

“The committee wishes we could do obviously more of a traditional ceremony, but given the condition that the country and the world is in we have to stick within the guidelines to help people stay safe,” said Allison. 

Questions can be directed at the OHS office by calling 739-9121.