Class of 2023: Graduation Guide

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We are thrilled to invite you all to the grand celebration of the Class of 2023 from Gateway and Ottumwa High School! The graduation ceremony will take place this Sunday, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the beautiful Bridge View Center. We have planned an eventful and memorable day for everyone involved, so please read on for all the important details:

Location: Bridge View Center - 102 Church St, Ottumwa, IA 52501, Doors Open @ 12:30

We have chosen this stunning venue to host our graduation ceremony, providing a spacious and elegant setting to commemorate this significant milestone in the lives of our graduates.

Watch Online: Click here to watch the state-of-the-art livestream production live from your home! Watch Graduation Link 

Shuttle Buses:

Due to the new hotel construction at the site of Bridge View Center, we encourage our families to take advantage of the off-site comfortable Ottumwa-branded shuttle. To facilitate parking and ensure a smooth arrival for our guests, we have arranged shuttle buses from Ottumwa High School (OHS) to the Bridge View Center. These shuttles will be available before and after the ceremony starting at 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:15, 1:30 PM, making transportation convenient for everyone attending. The shuttle will pick guests up from the OHS front steps and take them to the front entrance of the Bridge View Center!

Photo Booths:

Capture the joyous memories with your loved ones at our FREE photo booths. Families are welcome to take pictures together before and after the ceremony, creating lasting keepsakes to cherish for years to come. The photo booths will be accessible to all guests, so be sure to make the most of this opportunity. We will be continuing the confetti tradition at the end of the ceremony, we encourage our guests to have their cameras ready to capture the occasion! 

Sign Language Interpreter:

We are dedicated to making our graduation ceremony inclusive and accessible to all. To assist individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, we have arranged for a professional sign language interpreter. They will be present throughout the ceremony, ensuring that everyone can fully participate and enjoy this momentous occasion.

Noise Warning: 

We would like to warn anyone attending the ceremony that is sensitive to loud noise, there will be confetti cannons burst at the same time by the graduates to celebrate their accomplishment. This will take place at the end of the ceremony, and we will give warning for those who need to leave the room. 

As we gather to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2023, let us reflect on the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that have brought us to this day. It is a time to recognize the accomplishments of our graduates and the support of their families and educators who have played a crucial role in their success.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates from Gateway and Ottumwa High School. Your accomplishments fill us with immense pride, and we look forward to witnessing your continued success in the future. Please mark your calendars for this Sunday, and join us in honoring the Class of 2023. We are confident that this graduation ceremony will be a memorable event that will be cherished by all.