Estacada HS Graduation Newsletter

May 22, 2020

Graduation Message

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our senior students — the class of 2020! Our graduates deserve to be honored appropriately, with pomp and circumstance. This class of students and their families haven’t been afforded many of the traditional senior year experiences. The loss of these things can not be replicated. We can, however, give our senior class a graduation experience that honors them and serves as an avenue for family, friends, and our community to celebrate them well.

While we are unable to have our traditional senior awards assembly and graduation ceremony, we have put together what I believe to be a premier, day-long celebration. A lot of energy and effort has gone into planning the events of June 6, 2020, and I am thankful for everyone's help. While adhering to the governor's social distancing guidelines, we’re hopeful that this day will offer our families an experience that will be memorable. In order for this 9.5 hour day to happen, we’ll need everyone to do their part. This will include being on time and following the guidelines - many of which we are required to have in place.

Saturday, June 6th will be split into three activities:

The graduation ceremony and fireworks show are for our graduates and their families only. These will not be public events.

Noon - 6:00pm: Graduation Ceremony at Buzz Randall Stadium

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Automotive Parade of Graduates

9:00pm - 9:15pm: Fireworks Show at Estacada High School

Graduation Ceremony - Saturday, June 6th

Students will enter the stadium from the NE corner gate two at a time and make their way toward the stage. As they enter, their family members/friends (no more than 6 per graduate) will enter through the main gate to a designated spot on the field. As each group makes their way in, we ask that they must remain 6 feet apart and wear a face covering of some type.

Each student's name will be announced and they will walk onto the stage and receive their diploma one at a time. Platz Photography will be there taking pictures of each student on the stage. Information on where you can go to download a free copy, (courtesy of Platz Photography) will be made available.

After both students have received their diploma, both parties will exit the stadium through the gate that is located underneath the stadium. There are three stairs leading to that gate. We will have an alternative exit for those who are unable to navigate the steps.

  • Student pairs will be scheduled in 6-minute time slots starting at 12:30pm.
  • The entire ceremony should take approximately 6 hours to complete.
  • The 6 family members must wear face coverings to enter the stadium and must remain 6 feet apart.
  • Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions and older adults should stay home.
  • The event will be streamed live on the district's Facebook page.
  • The ceremony will begin with messages from the principal, followed by the student body vice president, student body president, the class salutatorian, and finally the valedictorian.

Please park in the high school parking lot and make your way over to the sidewalk adjacent to the north end of the stadium. Graduates should head to the NE gate, while friends/family should head to the main gate area. We can only line up 24 guests at a time on the sidewalk and will ask that you keep 6 feet away from one another. We will line up the group that is going into the stadium next followed by the group that is on deck.

We ask that you stay across in the high school parking lot until your turn to get into line. We will have signs showing who should currently be lining up.

In lieu of the traditional senior breakfast, the EHS Boosters Club will be passing out bags of goodies to our graduates immediately upon coming out of the stadium during the graduation ceremony.

As there will be no all-night graduation party, SAFACT will have a tent set up next to the high school parking lot where they will distribute a gift to each student.

Graduation Ceremony Schedule - includes student schedule

This is a preliminary schedule that is subject to change depending on student circumstances.

Graduation Practice

Traditionally, a graduation practice is held the Friday before graduation. There will be no practice this year. Graduates will have the following responsibilities:

  • Show up to the sidewalk on the north side of the stadium 12 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Wear your cap and gown. You may appropriately decorate your cap this year.
  • When signaled, walk into the stadium with your partner. We ask that you remain 6 feet apart from one another as well as wear a face covering.
  • Stop just prior to the stage. The stopping point will be marked on the grass.
  • When your name is called, walk up onto the stage and pick up your diploma.
  • Pose with your diploma for the photographer.
  • Make your way down the steps at the other end of the stage.
  • As you make your way to your family and friends, change your tassel from the right side of your cap to the left side.
  • Make your way through the exit under the stadium with your family and friends.
  • Congratulations! We will see you back at the school for the Parade of Graduates.
  • Please do not linger around with other students and their families. We have a responsibility to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Chromebook and Textbook Return for Seniors


To receive your diploma on Saturday, June 6th, you must turn in your textbooks and Chromebook on Monday, June 1st. at the front of the high school. We will have two sessions. If you are unable to make one of those two times, please contact Tami @

Monday, June 1

  • 9:00am - 11:00am
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Students who have turned in their Chromebook and books from this year will receive a ticket for admission of one car to view the fireworks show starting at 9pm on the day of graduation.

View the 2020 Graduation Ceremony Live on Facebook

Have a Facebook account? Go to the district's page @EstacadaSchools at noon on June 6th.

Don't have a Facebook account? No problem! Go to no login necessary

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Parade of Graduates

Estacada High School will be holding a graduation parade on the evening of Saturday, June 6th at approximately 7:00pm. We are excited to be able to honor our graduating seniors while allowing for the community to celebrate their achievements.

Students/Parents will line up in the parking lot starting at 6:30pm in their vehicles. All cars should enter through the gate at River Mill Elementary and make their way into the high school parking lot (See image below). We ask that everyone remain in their vehicle while waiting in the parking lot for the parade to begin.

The parade route will go from the front entry of Estacada High School and wind through town finishing back at EHS.

Parade Route:

EHS to Main St.

Main St. to SE 4th Ave

SE 4th Ave to N. Broadway St.

N. Broadway to NW 5th Ave

NW 5th Ave to NE Zobrist

NW Zobrist St. to W. 1st Ave

W. 1st Ave to NW Wade St.

NW Wade St. to NE 6th Ave

NE 6th Ave to EHS

To keep the required social distancing guidelines as well as for the safety of all people during this event, we have some rules that must be followed.

  • One car per graduate is allowed. Parents/Guardians are welcome to ride in the car as well.

  • During the parade, please allow a safe distance of at least 10 ft. between you and the car in front of you. Deputy Moore of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department will be leading the parade.

  • Students should feel free to decorate their car for the parade. The decorations must not obstruct the vision of the driver or cause a traffic hazard. All decoration must be school appropriate.

  • At no time should the speed of the automobile exceed 10 miles per hour during the parade.

  • There will be a photographer on site to take pictures of the event that will be shared afterwards.

  • We are encouraging you to please wear your cap and gown during the parade.

  • Community members, friends and family are encouraged to support seniors by being appropriately distanced along the route - either in your car, on the sidewalks or from your home/business.

  • Everyone is asked to abide by social distancing guidelines and current county/state orders during the event for safety.

Vehicle Line-Up Prior to Parade

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Parade Route

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Fireworks Show

The fireworks show is sponsored by the EHS Boosters Club and the Estacada Community Foundation. Please thank these groups when you can.

At 8:30pm, gates will open at the high school to allow cars inside the parking lot for the firework show. Cars must park in every other space. Everyone is asked to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the show. If you do not have a car, space will be made available for you on the front grass.

This event is for graduates and family members only and only one car per graduate is allowed. You must have a ticket to gain entrance. Tickets will be given out to students on Monday, June 1st. You can get a ticket if you have returned your Chromebook and textbooks.

We will be accepting textbooks and Chromebooks outside the high school on:

Monday, June 1

9:00am - 11:00am

4:00pm - 6:00pm

If you are unable to make this time, please contact Tami in the front office at

Senior Recognition "Assembly"

Traditionally, EHS has had its senior recognition assembly the Friday prior to Saturday's graduation ceremony. This year will be no exception.

We are going to hold a pre-recorded virtual Senior Recognition Assembly at 10:00am on Friday, June 5th. We will be announcing students' future plans, sharing scholarship winners, and naming students of the year.

A link to the video will be emailed at 10am to students and parents and the link will also be posted to the school's Facebook page.

Baccalaureate - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A link to the pre-recorded video will be sent out at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 3. Pastor Ben Erickson of the Barton Community Baptist Church will be conducting the service.

The link will be emailed as well placed on the school's Facebook page.

Cakes for Graduates

A few vendors of Estacada Harvest Market would like to give each graduate of the Class of 2020 a free 8-inch single layer cake.

The cakes can be picked up on Friday, June 5th from 3pm-6pm at Estacada Harvest Market.

A big thank you to the following vendors:

Rich's Products

AMG Sales

United National Foods, Inc.

Also, the support from our community store, Estacada Harvest Market, is truly appreciated.


Platz photography will be inside the stadium taking photographs of the event including a photo of students after receiving their diplomas. Platz will give a digital copy of one photo to each family.

The parade and fireworks show will also be photographed by Carmen Thornhill. Photos will be available for download. She will share them on Ranger Sports Photography on FACEBOOK for FREE. They can email her at

Class of 2020

Graduation Schedule

Friday, May 29, 2020

Last Day for senior students :)

Students must have completed all graduation requirements by this day to participate in the upcoming commencement ceremony.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Return Chromebooks / Textbooks to high school

9:00am - 11:00am

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6:30pm - Baccalaureate by Ben Erickson of Barton Baptist Church - recorded.

Friday, June 5, 2020

10:00am - 11:00am Senior Awards Assembly

Saturday, June 6, 2020

12:00pm - Graduates Ceremony

7:30pm - Parade of Graduates

9:00pm - Fireworks Show