OLEY TWP., Pa. - Oley Valley High School graduates and their families will get to experience the pomp and circumstance of a commencement ceremony, albeit online.
The school announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Perlow Productions of Marlton, New Jersey, to produce a virtual graduation ceremony that students can watch online, share with others, and save for posterity.
"The sudden cancellation of in-person ceremonies is heartbreaking for students and parents alike, but we live in a time when we can substitute online experiences to allay that disappointment a little bit," said Mike Perlow, the production company's founder and president. "We work with every school to create a customized graduation production that will be entertaining and fun, while giving the kids the recognition that's due."
Perlow will produce Oley Valley's video later this month. Seniors will be able to bring up to nine family members at an appointed time for a graduation recording in the school gym. The graduating students will wear their caps and gowns as they process into the gym, walk across the stage, and pose for pictures.
"The safety of all of our students and families is our highest priority," said Gina Finnerty, the high school's principal. "We looked at many options, and were convinced that a virtual graduation production from Perlow was an appropriate and fun way to honor our graduating seniors."
Oley Valley's production will include welcoming remarks and valedictorian and salutatorian speeches. It will be live-streamed on YouTube in mid-June.
"Nothing will replace a live ceremony," Finnerty said, "but this can be a satisfying experience, viewed communally at a specified time, and saved."