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CPHS graduation at ORU Mabee Center on May 13, 2017. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World

Sand Springs Public Schools have moved the site of graduation, but the date stayed the same.

On Monday, June 1, the school board decided to move the 2019-20 graduation ceremony closer to home, deciding on Sand Springs’ Memorial Stadium.

The high school generally holds graduation at the Oral Roberts Mabee Center, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school decided that an event with thousands of people crammed into a single room wouldn’t be prudent at this time.

Graduation is still set for Saturday, June 27, but it will be held on the campus of Charles Page High School at Memorial Stadium.

Seniors will graduate in small groups of 50 or less, and each graduate will be allowed four guests. The guests will sit on the home (west) side of the stadium with family groups spaced apart according to health regulations. The times for the group ceremonies will be determined by the number of graduates who plan to attend and will be announced after a survey of the Class of 2020. The survey will determine the times according to the student’s commitment to the event.

In a statement, the school said: “We are also planning to film and/or live stream the graduation for those who are not able to attend. This, of course, is not the graduation ceremony that any of us would have preferred, but the safety and health of our students and patrons will always be our first priority.”

Statement from Sand Springs Public Schools:

To the Families and Students of the Senior Class of 2020,

It has been our intention to hold a Charles Page High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 at the ORU Mabee Center. Our hope has been that by moving the date to later in June, we would be able to gather together in a large group for that celebration. It is now apparent that holding a traditional graduation ceremony with thousands of people in attendance would run counter to the best advice of national, state and local health officials. Therefore, after great consideration and a full discussion with the Board of Education at the Monday evening meeting, we have made the decision to move our graduation ceremony to Memorial Stadium on the campus of Charles Page High School on Saturday June 27. Seniors will graduate in small groups of 50 or less, with each graduate allowed to invite 4 guests. Guests will sit on the home (west) side of the stadium with family groups spaced apart according to health regulations. The times for the group ceremonies will be determined by the number of graduates who plan to attend and will be announced after we survey the Class of 2020 for their commitment to participate. We will distribute this survey to seniors by email later today. We are also planning to film and/or live stream the graduation for those who are not able to attend. This, of course, is not the graduation ceremony that any of us would have preferred, but the safety and health of our students and patrons will always be our first priority. To that end, we appreciate your understanding and look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 with all of you on June 27. This is a special group of students who deserve much recognition for their accomplishments. We are immensely proud of the Class of 2020.

​Kirk McCracken 918-581-8315

kirk.mccracken@sandspringsleader.com