Celebrating the Class of 2020
High school graduation is a milestone event, and NKC Schools is committed to making it memorable for our Class of 2020. We solicited feedback from students and families to help us reimagine graduation celebrations for our seniors this year. While this year may look differently than years past, each high school has planned to host a series of events in May to honor graduates and celebrate their many accompishments.
Seniors had the opportunity to pick up their cap and gown at school and return for cap and gown photos on their originally scheduled graduation day. Each high school class of 2020 was honored with a virtual graduation ceremony the week of May 25. "Senior Send-Off" events have been scheduled for July to allow an opportunity for students to come together and receive their diplomas in front of family members.
If you have an additional question, please see the Graduation FAQ or reach out to us through the Questions-Comments-Kudos button at the top of the page, or via this link, and we will ensure your question is addressed by the appropriate individual.
View the full NKC Schools Graduation 2020 Plan, or read more below for celebration details.
Virtual Commencement Ceremonies
Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
AVID 2020 Graduates
Graduation Day: Cap & Gown Photos
As part of plans to celebrate seniors, NKC Schools organized several ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 on their originally scheduled graduation dates. On May 13-18, an opportunity was offered for seniors to wear their caps and gowns for graduation pictures at their high schools. See the full image galleries from cap & gown photo days here!
Lights were also turned on to illuminate our football fields in recognition of our graduates, spotlighting this important school celebration.
Each senior was provided with a yard sign after taking a photo, so that our community can celebrate with you. Throughout the month of May and on these special days, district social media will feature videos and highlights recognizing our 2020 senior class.
NKC Schools hosted a live-stream graduation for each high school class to honor and recognize their accomplishments. These online events followed a program similar to our traditional in-person ceremony with musical performances, student speeches, and the recognition of special honors. Each student's name and photo was presented on screen as part of the Class of 2020.
Each graduation premiered on the NKC Schools YouTube channel. Direct links are available and were shared with students and families in advance of each graduation program as well as posted on the district and school websites. Families and community members are encouraged to celebrate their graduates as they would during an in-person ceremony while following social distancing guidelines.
North Kansas City High School: Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.
Winnetonka High School: Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park High School: Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Staley High School: Friday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.
High School Alternative Program: Saturday, May 30, 7:00 p.m.
"Senior Send-Off" events have been scheduled for July, allowing seniors to come together at their high schools to say, "Until we meet again!" to classmates, teachers and the school community. Graduates will also get to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas in front of family members.
The following plans could change, dependent on guidance from Clay County Health Department, Stay-at-Home orders, etc. Every effort wil be made to allow for this type of closure for our seniors, however. Each high school will plan a celebration for students the week prior, during which the building will be open for seniors to see their favorite classroom, fellow students and to take photos. A quick run-through of the diploma presentation planned for the next week will occur at this time.
During the "Senior Send-Off" events, students and families will be invited for a diploma presentation during which they will walk across the stage. This will be a time for celebration with families and reunion with teachers and friends. The current plan is to host two sessions. Students with last names beginning A-L will arrive at 4:30 p.m. Students with last names beginning M-Z will arrive at 7:30 p.m. Again, these plans are subject to guidance from the Health Department.
North Kansas City High School: Monday, July 27, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Winnetonka High School: Tuesday, July 28, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Oak Park High School: Thursday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Staley High School: Wednesday, July 29, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
High School Alternative Program: Friday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.