Oley Valley High School

Oley Valley High School's graduation will be held virtually. School officials announced they have contracted with a video production company to create a virtual graduation production that students and their families can view online.

With schools across Pennsylvania shuttered for the rest of the school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, alternative plans have had to be crafted for things like graduation ceremonies.

At Oley Valley High School, that means going virtual.

School officials have announced they have contracted with a video production company to create a virtual graduation production that students and their families can view online.

The company, New Jersey-based Perlow Productions, will be at the high school May 27 and 28. Each senior will get a chance to come out with up to nine family members to take part in a graduation recording.

The students will wear their caps and gowns, enter the school's gym and walk across a stage, posing for pictures.

The final production also will include speeches by the class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, along with other speeches. It will be streamed in mid-June on YouTube. Seniors will be provided the date later.

"The safety of all of our students and families is our highest priority," said Gina Finnerty, high school principal. "We looked at many options and were convinced that a virtual graduation production from Perlow was an appropriate and fun way to honor our graduating seniors. Nothing will replace a live ceremony, but this can be a satisfying experience, viewed communally at a specified time and saved."

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