Oil City will hold virtual graduation

From staff reports

Oil City High School principal Scott Stahl announced Thursday the school will conduct a virtual graduation this year.

Each of the 142 seniors will be videotaped receiving their diploma, and the clips will be edited together with speeches from this year’s valedictorian, salutatorian and guest speaker. There will also be performances from members of the school senior choir.

Each senior will have an appointment to enter the auditorium, receive their diploma, and walk out.

Up to eight family members will be allowed to come in with the student and watch the procession to the stage by the student.

All graduates and family members are asked to wear masks, though seniors will take off their masks when they walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.

The footage will be broadcast at 6 p.m. June 5 on the school’s YouTube channel and on cable television Channel 22 on the Oil City cable.

Baccalaureate will also be broadcast via the school’s YouTube channel and by Channel 22 at 6 p.m. June 4.

“There is no doubt in our minds that this group of young men and women will go on to great things in the future due to being tested these past few months,” Stahl said in a letter to the graduates. “On behalf of the school board, our administration and the entire Oil City staff, we would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on this milestone achievement. We are truly Oil City Proud, you are Oil City Strong and we are always Oilers Together!”, the letter said.