WOODBINE — The location of the 2020 Woodbine High School graduation ceremony was recently changed.
It was set to happen at the Woodbine football field/track but has been moved back to the Woodbine High School gymnasium, where the ceremony usually have taken place in the past.
The date and time of the event remains the same, June 27 starting at 7 p.m.
Sam Swenson, acting District superintendent, said the reason for moving it back to the gym is due to the construction currently happening next to the football field/track and there is a chance of some inclement weather.
“…Most of all, that was where the seniors wanted it to begin with,” Swenson added.
Also, with restrictions regarding larger gatherings loosened by the State, this allowed the District to move it back indoors.
The letter went on to say, "We (the Woodbine administration and staff) will meet with all graduates and their parents in the gym at 5:45 [p.m.] to go over the process of handing out awards and diplomas."
The parade prior to the graduation is still happening. It will begin shortly after 6:30 p.m.
Leading the parade will be the Woodbine Police Department. Vehicles can be decorated to honor your graduate.
The following guidelines, which came from the Harrison County Home & Public Health (HCH&PH) Office, are:
*Practice social distancing between groups/families in attendance
*A live stream will be done for those individuals who will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony
*Hand sanitizer will be readily available and everyone is encouraged to wear a mask
*Congregating should be limited to the best of everyone's abilities
Once a graduate's name and awards are read, that individual and their parents/guardians will come to the stage and receive them.
The parents/guardians will have the honor of handing the diploma and awards to their child
After speeches by the valedictorian and salutatorian, a senior video will be played. Following it, the ceremony will conclude.
Sam Swenson, acting superintendent for the District, wants to remind everyone that the ceremony is not open to the general public.