Bubna says goal is to have an in-person commencement ceremony July 25, with a 'grab-and-go' lunch and cap-and-gown photo at the high school on May 22.

Responding to a survey, more than 80% of Crookston High School seniors and their parents want to postpone the CHS Class of 2020’s commencement exercises scheduled for May 22 until July 25, in the hope of having a more normal, in-person event at that time.


That’s the word Thursday from CHS Principal Eric Bubna. Given the option of conducting some type of “virtual” ceremony as scheduled on Friday, May 22, he said those who responded to the survey made it clear they don’t want a virtual ceremony.


Bubna indicates in a May 7 letter to seniors and their parents that some type of event on May 22 is still being envisioned, although it won’t resemble a graduation ceremony. The current plan, he explains, is to have a lunch at CHS for the seniors, and a professional photographer will be there to take a photo of each senior wearing their cap and gown. The lunch will likely have to be of the “grab and go” variety, Bubna adds, depending on social distancing restrictions in place at the time.


Meanwhile, planning will continue for the July 25 event, and will evolve as restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, Bubna says. An early afternoon ceremony is envisioned as of now, rather than an evening event, he adds.