Graduation is May 29th

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Graduation is May 29th

  A turbulent year of ups and downs and a pandemic comes to an end for the members of the Switzerland County High School Class of 2021, with graduation now set.

  High School Principal David Todd said that this year’s graduation will be held in the gymnasium on Saturday, May 29th, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. In keeping with restrictions and guidelines involving the COVID-19 pandemic, special procedures will be in place for the graduation.

  “Each senior will be given 10 tickets  that they will pick up at their graduation practice, which will be held on Friday, May 28th, at 1 p.m.,” Principal Todd said. “All seniors need to be at the graduation practice so they can receive their 10 tickets for their family members.”

  Todd said that the graduation will return to its traditional location of the high school gym after the 2020 graduation was held outside at the athletic field in July as COVID restrictions began to ease.

  There will, however, still be guidelines that the school must follow — as well as those attending.

  “Everyone will be required to wear masks,” Todd said. “The students will be seated over three feet apart, so when they are seated and when they are coming across the stage, they will not be wearing masks, but the guests will be required to wear masks.”

  Todd said that all of the traditional elements of graduations will be in place. He said that a big consideration was working on a solution that would allow the graduates to not have to wear masks during the ceremony — which is why the three-feet distance has been put in place. He said that all of the graduates will meet in the cafeteria to line up prior to the ceremony, and they will be wearing masks at that point until they reach their seats.

  “We are also asking everyone to sit in family groups throughout the gymnasium,” Todd said. “The reason that everyone is getting 10 passes is that we have to stay under 50-percent capacity. The gym holds 2,000 people, and we’ve got 87 graduates, so if everyone gets 10 that’s 870, then you add in the 87 graduates, and that gets you to 957, and with administrators and others, that should still keep us under 1,000 total.”