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Petition seeks in-person graduation for Roseburg High School seniors

The petition on change.org was created on Saturday by graduating senior Rylee Russell. As of Tuesday, the petition has 1,500 signatures.

Posted: May 5, 2020 7:15 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A petition is circulating social media asking Roseburg High School's administration to reconsider their decision to hold a virtual graduation ceremony.

The petition on change.org was created on Saturday by graduating senior Rylee Russell in hopes of having an in-person ceremony. As of Tuesday, the petition has 1,500 signatures.

“I felt like the seniors didn’t really have a voice,” said Russell. “We all felt the same way and we weren’t being heard.”

District staff announced last week they were hosting the ceremony virtually in order to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order.

Staff said the ceremony will start off with prerecorded speeches. Then, each student’s name will be called and there will be a video of family members handing them their diploma.

However, some seniors are hopeful this petition will change the administrators' minds.

“I feel a little left out,” said Mikayla Senguins, a senior. “A little in the dark and I wish I could have closure.”

KEZI 9 News reached out to RHS staff, but they did not get back to us.

Right now, the ceremony is scheduled for June 6 at 11 a.m.

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