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Virtual commencement set for July 30

July 29, 2020

Virtual commencement set for July 30

Graduation Program Upper St. Clair High School will honor its Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony this Thursday, July 30. The video will be available online beginning at 7 p.m. at

The video will include all of the components of a traditional Upper St. Clair High School graduation, minus the 1,000+ people. Viewers will hear remarks from our student speakers including: 

  • Jamison Stout, Student Council President
  • Matthew Hornak, Senior Class President
  • Madeline Huzjak, Student Speaker
  • Eri Hayakawa, Student Speaker
  • Gavin Genter, Student Speaker

In addition, School Board President Mrs. Barbara Bolas; Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Rozzo; and USCHS Principal Timothy Wagner will share parting words for the graduates and their families. Following Upper St. Clair tradition, the names of each member of the Class of 2020 will be read by Mr. Danny Holzer, student activities director, and Mrs. Brooke Tarcson, student activities coordinator.

“We are incredibly proud of all that our seniors have achieved, and hope they'll always stay connected to their alma mater,” Dr. Wagner said. “Upper St. Clair will always be a place they can call home.”

Graduates will receive their diplomas, graduation programs and yearbooks during a drive-through event on Thursday. Members of the Class of 2020 and their families are encouraged to visit the high school campus during the following times on Thursday, July 30:

  • Last names A-K:  9:30-11 a.m. 
  • Last names: L-Z:  12-1:30 p.m.
  • Last names: A-Z: 5-6:30 p.m. (those who cannot make the daytime times)

A professional photographer will be available to take graduation photos at the high school’s academic entrance – graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and gown. A complimentary copy of the photograph will be sent to families later this summer. 

Diplomas and event programs will be mailed to families unable to attend the drive-through event and yearbooks will be available for pick-up at the high school main office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Graduation was originally planned for Thursday, June 4, and was postponed until July 30, due to COVID-19 and the related extended school closure. The high school honored the Class of 2020 with a Senior Week during the week of June 1, which included a Panther Pass Parade, cap and gown distribution, and a virtual celebration.

Download the graduation program