Out-of-town relatives of some local high school graduates are in luck if they are not able to visit this week: Several Crawford County schools will stream their graduation ceremonies online.
Nearly 680 students will march across the stage this week — pending final grades, of course.
The festivities begin at 7 p.m. today inside the Conneaut Area Senior High gymnasium when 168 seniors will receive their diplomas.
Like other schools in the area, CASH has traditionally held its graduation on the last Friday of the school year. The decision to move graduation to Thursday came in response to requests from grandparents with grandchildren in multiple schools who told district officials they had been forced to choose which graduation ceremony to attend, according to Superintendent Jarrin Sperry.
“That was the big thing,” Sperry said. “Grandparents, aunts and uncles even — not a lot but some.”
In addition, Sperry said, the move allows the district to hold graduation on the last day of school rather than requiring seniors to come back for an additional day after the school year has ended.
Graduation ceremonies for schools in Crawford Central and PENNCREST school districts commence at 7 p.m. Friday.
In Crawford Central School District, Cochranton Junior-Senior High will congratulate 85 new graduates inside the school’s gym. At Meadville Area Senior High, 197 students will graduate. The MASH ceremony will also take place in the school’s gym.
As for the PENNCREST schools, Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High will welcome 56 new grads in the auditorium, 90 seniors will graduate in the gym at Maplewood Junior-Senior High and 83 will cross the stage in the auditorium at Saegertown Junior-Senior High.
The ceremonies at CASH will be shown live online at youtu.be/f3g65_0OwLc. A link to the stream is available on the Conneaut School District Facebook page.
The MASH graduation will also be available online at youtube.com/c/meadvillemedia.