Graduating During the Pandemic
Imagine being told your senior year of high school that Prom is cancelled. Grad Night—cancelled. Senior night, for the sport you’ve spent your whole life practicing—cancelled. Final performances—cancelled. Seeing your friends one more time before you all jet off separate ways into adulthood—cancelled. Graduation is cancelled.
It sounds like a dramatic movie. Maybe even a horror story. At the very least an awful joke. But that’s what is happening to students all over the world.
We worked with Madera Unified School District (MUSD) to quickly assemble an app that can breathe life back into students’ graduations. The MUSD Graduation Portal includes a countdown to graduation—building anticipation. It also serves as a reminder to seniors that despite what’s going on in the world, and despite the in person ceremony being canceled—they are still GRADUATING.
The Graduation Portal allows students and staff to upload memories. We have integrated Swiper into our design to ensure a smooth user experience. Our app links their files to Dropbox: a cloud storage service. MUSD then has access to the files so they can create something special—unlike anything any prior graduating class has seen before. Something they hope students will be watching for years to come.
Students might not be able to celebrate in person, but MUSD wanted to make sure that graduates are honored and get the chance to share their memories. This platform is different. It is new. The world is having to get creative with how we celebrate with social distancing. Happy moments are essential. We need to recognize people for their accomplishments, and celebrate the shining moments in these chaotic times.
Jets put together this app—working full force to ensure that these students can have an amazing graduation experience.
Check out the Easter Egg—press spacebar five times for some graduation fun! At https://senior-sendoff.madera.k12.ca.us/home