Class of 2020 Graduation at Pocono Raceway: 6/3/20

Class of 2020 Graduation at Pocono Raceway: 6/3/20
Posted on 05/06/2020

Class of 2020 Graduation Press Release

School districts across the state of Pennsylvania and beyond were directed to close their schools in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through social isolation.  The hope was that closing schools could reduce the spread of the virus and to keep our students, and the greater Jim Thorpe Area community safe. The decision was made out of the concern for all students, staff, and families, and especially those who are most vulnerable.  Our administrators, teachers and staff have launched an E-Learning platform to provide meaningful teaching and learning in order to complete the 2019-2020 school year. Over the past two months, students and teachers have made many sacrifices with the cancellation of cherished traditions and activities, but there has been no group in the school district more impacted than the Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 2020.

During the January JTASD Board of Education meeting, the Class of 2020 presented a petition to hold their June 3rd Graduation Ceremony at the high school stadium.  The student leaders communicated how an outdoor ceremony “feels much more open and spirited.”  The Board of Education approved their request and planning began for their outdoor stadium graduation ceremony.

To honor the seniors request, and allow our seniors their well-deserved moment of graduation that they have worked for their entire academic career, while adhering to the social distancing mandates set by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Jim Thorpe Area School District proudly announces a partnership with Pocono Raceway to host the Jim Thorpe Area High School’s Class of 2020 Graduation ceremony.  

The graduates, families, and their guests will participate in the graduation ceremony from the safety of their vehicles lined in the straightaway. With the announcement of each graduate through Pocono’s FM radio system, their photo will appear on the jumbo video screens. We only hope to give our seniors the greatest graduation experience ever and provide them with memories of their last day as Olympian students on Victory Lane that will last a lifetime.  

High school principal Thomas Lesisko will be providing specific dates and details for graduates, their families, and friends in the near future.  During the event, all protocols for social distancing and people's safety will be followed. A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to the leadership team of the Pocono Raceway for providing their famous racing venue and the Jim Thorpe Area School District Board of Education for supporting the Class of 2020 with our most important event of the school year, the graduation of our senior class.


Mr. Rushefski, Superintendent

Jim Thorpe Area School District