CHS Graduation Update

UPDATE 5.15.20  l  5:00 PM
Re:  Graduation 


Seniors and Parents, 

 Our desire to celebrate our seniors' achievements is universal, and we want nothing more than to make this happen for them. As we stated in the earlier quarantine stages, we are committed to providing a virtual graduation and planning a traditional graduation contingent Federal, State, and Local restrictions and orders. 


Virtual Commencement

Join us as we honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual celebration at home together.

The event will premiere LIVE on the district's Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, and will be available for viewing after this date on both channels. 

The program will be preceded with Senior Shout-Outs at 7 p.m. and the Virtual Graduation will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature speeches by Claremore Public School District Board of Education President Patrick Gotcher, Claremore High School Principal Kerri Garroutte, Senior Class President Barb Bacon, and our top Valedictorians Barb Bacon, Austin Haddock, Ella Northcutt, Blaine Phillippi, and Blake Phillippi. CHS Choir will also perform virtually. We have done our best to incorporate all of the pomp and circumstance you would expect from a traditional graduation ceremony.

We encourage ALL seniors to put on their cap and gown, take a selfie with your family during the program, and use our hashtag #CPSZEBRAPRIDE. 


Traditional Commencement

A modified traditional ceremony is currently being planned for June 26, 2020, at Lantow Field and is contingent on the restrictions and orders set forth by the Federal, State, and Local authorities. Our students' and families' safety is our priority, and we believe we can safely conduct a ceremony for our seniors with a limited number of family members while maintaining social distancing protocols. 

The district will continue to follow protocols provided by Federal, State and Local authorities' restrictions and orders. Since these protocols are ever-changing, some details will remain unknown until the date approaches, including but not limited to, the following:   

  • the number of family members able to safely attend
  • whether a ticketing system will be utilized in the event, current guidelines suggest families may safely attend
  • the guidelines for appropriate social distancing among spectators and students
  • weather forecasts

Please know we are doing everything in our power to celebrate the Class of 2020's senior year in a way that honors your hard work.  If for some unforeseen reason we can not hold graduation on the June 26th date we will attempt to reschedule the event for July 17, 2020. 

We genuinely believe there is no better place than our own turf to celebrate such an incredible group of students. So thank you, seniors and families. I've appreciated your patience, flexibility, and support as we've continued to navigate these uncharted waters together.




Kerri Garroutte
Claremore High School Principal