Tulsa Public Schools To Hold Drive-Up Graduation Ceremonies


Tuesday, May 19th 2020, 6:28 am
By: Shannon Rousseau


TULSA -

Tulsa Public Schools will hold drive-up graduation ceremonies for its seniors beginning Tuesday. 

Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said the district came to this decision after speaking with students, parents, and teachers. 

"This is not, of course, how any of us expected to celebrate the class of 2020, but our school leaders, class sponsors, teachers, and staff are looking forward to creating a meaningful experience for our graduates even if it's from a distance" said Dr. Gist.

Students told the district the three things they wanted to re-create given the current health and safety restrictions: wear a cap and gown, pick up a diploma, and turn the cap tassel.

The first two ceremonies will happen at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Webster and East Central High Schools.

The district is encouraging those in attendance to follow the City of Tulsa's guidelines and wear a mask.

Additionally, while on campus, the district said students and their families need to stay in their cars until they get to the diploma pick-up spot. Those who do not follow health and safety protocols will be asked to leave the school campus.

The hope is that Tulsa Public Schools will hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies in July but that's only if physical distancing restrictions are lifted and if the CDC says it is safe to hold large gatherings.

The district expects to make a decision on that in early June.


See the full schedule of ceremonies below:


      Date                Time           School           Location

May 19, 2020 (Tuesday) 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Webster High School 1919 W. 40th St.


May 19, 2020 (Tuesday) 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. East Central High School 12150 E. 11 St.


May 20, 2020 (Wednesday) 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Booker T. Washington High School 1514 E. Zion St.


May 20, 2020 (Wednesday) 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Will Rogers College High 3909 E. 5th Pl.


May 20, 2020 (Wednesday) 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Central High School 3101 W. Edison St.


May 21, 2020 (Thursday) 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. McLain High School 4929 N. Peoria Ave.


May 21, 2020 (Thursday) 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Nathan Hale High School 6960 E. 21st St.


May 21, 2020 (Thursday) 4 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Memorial High School 5840 S. Hudson Ave. 


May 22, 2020 (Friday) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tulsa Learning Academy 525 E. 46th St. N.


May 22, 2020 (Friday) 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Edison Preparatory High School 2906 E. 41st St.


May 22, 2020 (Friday) 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tulsa MET 6201 E. Virgin St.