Owasso Seniors Protest Against Possible Virtual Graduation


Monday, May 18th 2020, 5:43 pm
By: Emory Bryan


OWASSO, Okla. - Seniors from Owasso High School want to walk across a stage at graduation, and Monday protested at even the prospect of a virtual ceremony.

The school district has promised an in-person graduation if that's possible.

Some of the seniors wore their caps and gowns in a sidewalk protest across from the High School Monday. No one wore a mask or practiced social distancing.

“Even if it's spaced out and with a mask, I think we should be allowed to walk,” said senior Gracie Pate.

“We want to have a graduation. This is our senior year. We want to enjoy our senior year. We only get this once,” Reiley Decastro said.

The seniors missed prom and everything that leads up to graduation. They're hoping their protest will influence the administration. More than a few parents were part of it.

“It's just such a major milestone for these kids. I would hate for it to be taken from them,” said parent Darla Cox.

The seniors worry the district is going to abandon plans for in person graduation June 23rd, but the district said a virtual ceremony is only the backup plan.

Senior Dawson Adams said, “a big thing would be to get it in person and to be able to walk across the stage would be cool for us.”