Graduation activities begin late this (Friday) afternoon for 2020 graduates of Newton High School and West Academy. High School Principal Bill Peters says the community has really stepped up to make this milestone memorable for the young men and women who lost a traditional end to their Senior year, and a traditional graduation ceremony, to the coronavirus pandemic.
Peters made special mention of High School Counselor Shelly Fitzgerald and High School Secretary Stacey Maxwell’s contributions to arranging the events planned today (Friday) through Sunday. Late this (Friday) afternoon and evening, Newton’s graduates will be at Iowa Speedway and downtown.
Peters says the Seniors names will also appear tonight (Friday Night) on the marquis at Capitol II Theatre. Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amanda Price is encouraging everyone who’s going to participate in another socially distant “Scope the Loop” tonight (Friday)….to visibly honor the graduates.
If the weather allows tomorrow (Saturday), each 2020 graduate will get to walk across the stage at Maytag Bowl.
The final component of this year’s graduation is the release of a virtual graduation video Sunday afternoon. It includes speeches by Peters and the Class’s Officers, which were recorded earlier this month at Maytag Bowl.
Peters says that video will be posted at 3p.m. Sunday, which is when the traditional graduation ceremony was to be held for this year’s class.