Highland approves graduates list; graduation ceremony undecided

Posted 5/14/20

The Highland school board Monday night approved 49 high school seniors for graduation.

How they will receive their diplomas, however, is still up in the air.

“This year’s …

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Highland approves graduates list; graduation ceremony undecided

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The Highland school board Monday night approved 49 high school seniors for graduation.

How they will receive their diplomas, however, is still up in the air.

“This year’s requirements are a little bit different, sadly,” Superintendent Ken Crawford said as he presented the list of seniors for approval to graduate.

Later in the meeting, high school principal Angela Hazelett presented one scenario under consideration for a graduation ceremony on June 13.

She said she based her plan on the strictest requirements for social distancing and public gatherings. She said that the plan could be modified by adding more graduates to each group receiving diplomas.

The proposal Hazelett laid out called for each graduate to walk into the football stadium accompanied by a single carload of family. There would be a roped off area for the family to sit. The graduate would receive a diploma and pose for photos before the next graduate walks in.

“We will have a photographer on hand and video recording as well,” she said. “We will have detailed instructions on how foot traffic should flow through the bleachers, the diploma-receiving area, and then the exit from the stadium area.”

It would be a long ceremony, stretching from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each graduate’s diploma ceremony would take about five minutes.

“It takes four hours,” Hazelett said.

She hopes to have a draft of the plan completed this week to send to Washington County Public Health for review.

“At this point of time, I feel pretty good about this,” Hazelett said.

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