Graduation is this Saturday
The Switzerland County High School Class of 2021 has endured one of the most unique senior years ever, but will come together this Saturday morning to celebrate together as they participate in graduation ceremonies.
High School Principal David Todd said that this year’s graduation will be held in the gymnasium this 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.
Principal Todd said that each senior will be given 10 tickets at their graduation practice tomorrow (Friday), which begins at 1 p.m., and the senior can then distribute the tickets as each family sees fit. Attenders must have a ticket to be admitted to the gym for the graduation ceremony, which is again being held in the gymnasium after the 2020 graduation was held on the athletic field due to COVID restrictions.
As COVID restrictions begin to ease, Todd said that there are still 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.
Seniors will also be honored tomorrow (Friday) with a special ‘Senior Parade’.
The parade will begin with line up at the high school at 3:30 p.m., with members of the senior class being urged to decorate their vehicles. The parade will proceed down Main Street to the East end of town; and all residents are encouraged to line the street to congratulate the graduates. Local businesses, police, EMS, and fire departments are also being asked to participate.
A special section honoring this year’s Senior Class, including photos of each senior and well wishes by local businesses, is included in today’s edition.