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Update 5/18/2020 COVID-19 Graduation

Update 05/18/2020

The following information is being provided to help prepare you for the graduation festivities. There are two ceremonies in which your son/daughter is expected to participate: 

  1. Senior Drive-Thru Parade
  2. Commencement Exercises

The SENIOR DRIVE THRU PARADE for ALL seniors, is scheduled for Friday May 29, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at OMI. The Commencement Exercises are scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Commencement will be held virtually via Zoom. 

Cap & Gowns Distributed Wednesday May 27, 2020 from 9 a.m.-12:00p.m.  
Wednesday May 27th - CAP & GOWNS Dispersed and Senior ‘GRAD BOX’ Distributed

Wednesday, May 27th seniors should arrive at the main entrance to pick up their Cap & Gown and receive their OMI GRAD BOX. We are practicing social distancing so please arrive with face covering/mask. Please be patient as lines may be a little longer than usual. 


Graduation Practice: MANDATORY on Zoom 

Thursday, May 28th @ 10:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Graduation practice will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. via Zoom. You will receive your Zoom meeting ID and password via Cadet Email on Tues & Wednesday. Please notify Ms. Brisenio [email protected] or Ms. Fuentes [email protected] immediately if you do not receive your log in information. 


Friday, May 29, 2020 @ 5:30-6:30

This special Senior Drive-Thru Parade is held in honor of all OMI seniors and will acknowledge our entire senior class. Cadets and their families are encouraged to drive around the OMI campus to be celebrated by OMI teachers, military, staff, and community. Receive a special treat as you circle the block a couple of times. All seniors are expected and invited to attend.


Senior families, please decorate your vehicles with pictures, balloons, pom poms, streamers, signs, and other creative ways to acknowledge your graduate. 

Senior Cadets are encouraged to wear their Cap & Gown.



Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00AM (Seniors arrive on Zoom by 8:00 a.m.)

Graduation Attire, Saturday May 30, 2020

Graduates are required to wear full academic dress at the commencement ceremony. Academic dress refers to a graduation gown and mortarboard in its original state, selected by the school through Jostens. We also recommend you have your cadet’s gown professionally ironed. We do not have additional gowns, so please take care of your gown before the ceremony. 


OMI requires that the following items be worn underneath the gowns on the day of graduation:


  • Gentlemen – Black slacks, belt, white-collared dress shirt, dress shoes, and conservative tie.
  • Ladies – White, knee length dresses and dress shoes.



Seniors are expected to arrive on Zoom by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020.


There is ample seating at the Zoom Commencement Ceremony so share your graduation information with all of your family and friends! Send them the link to your graduation.


STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE DIPLOMA JACKETS ONLY ON THE DAY OF CAP & GOWN PICK UP.  Actual diplomas will be distributed beginning June, 15h upon verifying that all OMI items have been returned (see below in Exit Verification section).


If you have any questions concerning your child’s graduation status please contact Ms. Toneisha Webb, Principal at (510) 594-3901 immediately or Ltc. Echols, Superintendent at (510) 594-3993.



  • May 1, 2020 COLLEGE DECISION DAY-It’s not too late to please share your college decision choice with Mr. Ferrer. Take a picture of yourself holding your school choice sign or shirt with your college choice and send it to [email protected]
  • Seniors please continue to attend distance learning classes at the regularly scheduled time.
  • FINAL EXAMS scheduled May 19th through May 22nd see your teachers on google classroom for details.
  • May 27th Wednesday, pick up your Cap & Gown and OMI GRAD BOX -seniors arrive at OMI between 9:00 am-12:00pm with face covering/mask (bring $30.00 cash for cap & gown if not already purchased)-Turn in Uniforms and Text/Library Books as well.
  • May 28th Zoom Graduation Practice from 10:00-12:00- look for email meeting ID and password
  • May 29th Senior Class of 2020 Drive-Thru Parade at OMI from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.-DECORATE YOUR CARS
  • May 30th Graduation Ceremony via Zoom @ 10:00-12:00; Seniors “arrive on Zoom” at 8:00 


UNIFORM TURN IN Wednesday, May 27th from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Seniors must turn in their complete Class C uniform (including boots) and your Class A Uniform,


Seniors who wish to donate any old uniform items in good condition may do so at this time. 


All seniors should have received an email to complete the “Graduation Exit Form" from Ms. Linda Williams. All school property must be returned when you pick up your cap and gown. Follow instructions for the Exit Form here: https://forms.gle/m55RK9JxcYgdUDeC6


All students will need to turn in their text and library books on Wednesday, May 27th from 9-12.  Students can turn in their CHROMEBOOKS beginning Wednesday June 3, 2020 from 9-12 to Tech. Failure to turn in books/CHROMEBOOKS will result in fines and/or transcripts/diplomas being withheld until accounts are reconciled.



In order to send final transcripts to your college all uniform/texts/library books/chromebooks must be returned to OMI by June 10, 2020. To request Final Transcripts use the following link Transcripts https://www.oakmil.org/apps/pages/transcripts



All students must maintain appropriate citizenship in order to participate in the senior commencement. Please contact Ms. Webb/Major Sanchez to reconcile any behavior contract.


**************THIS LETTER DOES NOT GUARANTEE GRADUATION******************

Please note, all seniors and their parents are receiving this letter. However, your son/daughter must meet all graduation requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. If your cadet does not meet the requirements for graduation, you will receive notification separately. 


We are looking forward to a wonderful Drive-Thru Parade and OMI Commencement. Please encourage your sons and daughters to continue to work hard during these final days!


If there are any questions or you need further assistance, please contact Ms. Webb at (510) 594-3901 or via email at [email protected]

Update 5/08/2020

While we know this has been a difficult time with everything constantly changing due to COVID-19, we want to celebrate the class of 2020 as best we can under the circumstances. OMI knows that this is a milestone in students’ lives and we are proud of the hard work and accomplishments that you have made. Below you will find detailed descriptions about the end of the year celebrations for the class of 2020.Enter your text here...

Graduation: Graduation will happen on Saturday May 30, 2020 at 10:00 via zoom. It will include a full program with student speeches, announcing student names, a keynote address from OMI founder and former Governor, and a keepsake paper graduation program. Our plan is to make this graduation ceremony as memorable and as special as possible.

Graduation Materials: On Wednesday May 27th, 2020 between the hours of 9:00 am -12:00 pm, 12th grade students will be able to pick up their cap and gown, and all other graduation materials, including a special graduation box gift from the school. In order to pick up their graduation materials students will need to bring and return all OMI materials to include but not limited to chromebooks, textbooks, Class A jacket, uniforms, etc. For students who ordered year books, the yearbook company has informed OMI that the yearbooks will not ship until the 1st week of June, and students will have to receive them at a later date.

Graduation Drive by Parade: On Friday May 29th at 12:00 OMI will be hosting a drive-by parade for the 12th grade students. We would like students and families to decorate your vehicles and come drive around the campus in their caps and gowns while the school staff celebrate their commencement (social distancing of course)

Grad Night: Unfortunately, grad night was cancelled by the Vendor. Mr. Lee is working on preparing refunds for grad night.

Prom: Unfortunately, Prom was cancelled as well. We are looking into the possibility of hosting a prom dance for the class of 2020, in December of 2020. More information will be forthcoming.

Live Graduation: OMI is planning to host a live graduation for the class of 2020 in December 2020. Our thought process is that if students are allowed to travel to their colleges and universities for the fall semester, they will be home potentially for Winter break, and an in- person graduation ceremony can be held. More information will b
e forthcoming.

Scholarships: Yes, OMI will be able to continue to honor the scholarship program as in past years. We will be able to honor the $200 a year for every year a student has attended OMI. We will send out a separate communication in the next week specifically about accessing the scholarship program.

Lastly, please check the website oakmil.org starting next week as we will be posting special 12th grade celebrations on the website.

Thank you for your patience with us, we held out hope that we would be able to return to live celebrations and upon confirming this was not possible, we wanted to be extremely thoughtful about celebrating the class of 2020. We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 and are so very proud of each of you! We look forward to your next phase of life.
Contact OMI Graduation Committee