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Howard-Suamico School District: Virtual commencement celebrates high school graduation during pandemic

Howard-Suamico School District: Virtual commencement celebrates high school graduation during pandemic

Like other students around the country (and the world), Bay Port High School seniors suddenly faced the reality that a traditional, in-person commencement ceremony would no longer be possible because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Howard-Suamico School District wanted to offer a virtual solution, but it wanted to do so in a way that went beyond the average reading-of-the-names on a grainy webcast. The district and Gillespie Productions partnered to create an emotional opening video that captured the story of loss and perseverance. They then created a virtual experience with a multi-camera setup that made viewers feel like they were watching a live graduation, albeit with speakers in front of an empty gymnasium. The result was a powerful experience for students, families and staff to remember.

Outcome

More than 3,000 views on YouTube, overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The Howard-Suamico School District received two prestigious awards from WSPRA (Wisconsin School Public Relations Association): WSPRA Lighthouse Award and Spectrum Award of Excellence.

WSPRA Lighthouse Award is a highest award for a WSPRA communication project.

Spectrum award celebrates competee’s public relations service, with Excellence being the highest of two award’s levels.

 

CHALLENGE

Celebrating high school seniors during a pandemic

SOLUTION

A powerful virtual commencement with speeches, reading of diploma recipients and emotional opening video

OUTCOME

More than 3,000 views on YouTube, overwhelmingly positive feedback

COMPANY TYPE

School district

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