Watch the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement–June 6th at 11:30 a.m.

Watch the Virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 on June 6th at 11:30 a.m. here.

Dear BDU Class of 2020 Graduates & Your Families,

I hope you are doing well during this difficult time. I also know that many of you were very much looking forward to celebrating your amazing accomplishments this year in a traditional face to face graduation ceremony. With the continuation of a school shutdown through June 30th as shared by Dr. Butts earlier this evening, we have made a decision to move forward district-wide with our graduation plans.

On Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at 11:30am during our Class of 2020 scheduled graduation day and time, we will be holding a virtual commencement ceremony for all of our BDU Class of 2020 Graduates. The MSD of Wayne Township Schools have secured a contract with Herff Jones who also provides our graduation attire/diplomas which has partnered with two other professional companies to coordinate and publish high quality virtual graduation ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All BDU Seniors will soon receive an email through their school email account with the next steps in the planning process of our virtual graduation ceremony. Please review the announcement from Herff Jones below which has more information as we begin planning our virtual graduation ceremony. While I am sure some disappointment comes from this announcement, I know that a professional virtual commencement ceremony will allow us to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our BDU Class of 2020 Graduates at the close of their final year of school together with their families. They deserve this recognition to celebrate all of the hard work that they have put into earning not only their high school diploma with academic & technical honors, but also their associate degree!

Take care,

Rebecca Daugherty-Saunders, Ed.S.
Ben Davis University High School


Seniors will still receive a shared experience to honor their achievements despite COVID-19 leveraging Herff Jones’ exclusive, industry-leading virtual platform

Indianapolis, IN– Ben Davis University High School is pleased to announce it has partnered with Herff Jones – in collaboration with graduation technology partners StageClip and MarchingOrder – to host a virtual commencement for the senior Class of 2020. The event will be held on June 6th, 2020.

In light of current challenges surrounding the COVID-19 global health crisis, resulting in closed campuses for the remainder of the school year and no clear indication as to when it would be possible to hold a traditional ceremony, Ben Davis University High School believes a virtual graduation is the best option at this time.

We understand that nothing can replace an in-person graduation ceremony, and dependent upon local and national mandates being lifted, we will continue to look into the possibility of bringing this class together in the future. In the meantime, we still want to celebrate and honor the resilient Class of 2020 who have worked hard to earn both their high school diploma with academic & technical honors as well as their associate degree!

Herff Jones’ proven, easy-to-use platform makes hosting a virtual ceremony simple, taking much of the administrative burden off the shoulders of faculty and staff throughout the entire process. Seniors will soon be contacted by Herff Jones and its partners with direction on how the information will be collected prior to the final celebration. Each graduate will also receive their own personalized content as a gift from the school to share on social media with family and friends using the hashtags #GradAWAYtion and #MoveTheTassel. Ben Davis University High School will also use the hashtags #WeAreWayne and #BDU2020 to celebrate their upcoming virtual commencement ceremony.

All BDU Seniors will soon receive an email with more information for planning purposes. In the meantime, questions can be directed to our graduation coordinator, Mrs. Brianne Winston or your principal, Rebecca Daugherty-Saunders. The website below includes some general information regarding the virtual commencement ceremonies coordinated by Herff Jones and can serve as an additional source of information at this time.

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