Update for the Class of 2020

April 23, 2020

Families of P.K. Yonge Seniors — With a final decision from the state that we will finish the school year remotely, we are feeling the loss of the last weeks of school particularly for our senior class and for their families. It’s definitely not the way we anticipated bidding fond farewells and cheering the class of 2020 on into the next phase of their lives.

As we watched and waited to see how the situation would unfold, we gathered ideas and brainstormed ways to honor our seniors and make this as memorable a last month of school as possible. We have some concrete plans and some that are still evolving.

Our toughest news to share is that with the closure of the UF campus, graduation in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts is not possible. We are still working on an alternate way to celebrate graduation. Of course, we are not able to host a large gathering. We are, however, leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to devise a way that we might preserve some of the important aspects of a graduation event while still addressing the very real public health concerns and limitations.

In the meantime, we have some plans that are coming together and ask you to put the dates below on your calendars.


Save These Dates

May 11 — Senior Awards (Virtual) —  6:00pm —
ZOOM info in Dr. Geiger’s Email
We need information from your Senior Exit Survey to be ready for this event. Don’t forget to complete it!

May 15 — Senior Drive-Thru
2:00-4:00pm — Stay tuned for details.
Come to the P.K. Yonge Campus to pick up your cap and gown, diploma cover, yearbook, awards certificates, graduation cords, a piece of P.K. Yonge history, and a gift! Be prepared for a surprise! You must complete your Graduation Contract to receive your cap and gown.

May 22 — Final Wave Walk – Virtual – Stay tuned for details

May 26, 27, 28 — Senior Drop-By  — Schedule Your Hour-Long Visit

During these hour-long visits, seniors will have the opportunity to do FOUR activities.
Each activity will take approximately 15 minutes

1. Turn in Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, and anything else you need to turn in.
2. Take pictures around campus.
3. Participate in a special surprise activity.
4. Walk across the stage in the PAC – Seniors need caps, gowns and diploma covers. Up to 7 family members may come to the PAC to witness their senior walk across the stage. Families may take video and pictures.

May 28  — Graduation (Virtual) — 7:00pm —
Stay tuned for details
With most activities at UF being moved to a virtual or online setting and UF facilities not available for large events, we do not have a location in which we can hold graduation on the UF campus indoors or out-of-doors. This includes P.K. Yonge. At this point in time, the future availability of UF facilities remains unknown, as does our ability to bring together a large group of people in any location. In an effort to find a guaranteed time and manner to celebrate the senior class, we will be holding graduation virtually and offering other activities as outlined in this update.

June 1
Pick up Your Diploma! — Stay tuned for details

June 8-12
— Paint Over Senior Parking Spaces — Stay tuned for details
Seniors who have painted parking spaces in the south lot make appointments to come and paint over their spots in preparation for next year’s seniors.


Things Seniors Still Need to Do | Senior Newsletter has details

Complete the T-shirt Order Form NOW! (Due: April 25, 2020)
Submit your Yearbook Order Form NOW! (Due: May 8, 2020)
Complete the Senior Exit Survey. (Due: May 8, 2020)
Complete your Graduation Contract. (Due: May 10, 2020)
Complete a Transcript Request. (Ongoing)

How to Stay Connected

Read the Senior Newsletter – good info and fun stuff, too!
Join Seniors 2019-20 Remind
Follow @KeepCalmPKY School Counseling on Twitter.
Follow @pkyseniors20 on Instagram.
If you can’t find anything, start with the Senior Corner on the P.K. website.

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