Waynesville High School is set to hold its graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Tiger Stadium.
“It is very important to me and the district to be able to hold a live ceremony and let our seniors finish with a traditional graduation since so much of their senior year has been interrupted,” said WHS Principal Randy Luebbert. “This ceremony will be a little different from any we have ever held before, so I ask for patience as we prepare for and observe this special occasion.”
The district stated that all who attend will be required to wear masks. Everyone attending the graduation ceremony are also expected to obey all social distancing guidelines – before, during and after the ceremony – and those rules will be strictly enforced.
Each graduate has been issued two guest tickets, and district officials confirmed that no one will be admitted into the parking lot or stadium unless they present their ticket.
District staff have implemented additional COVID-19 risk-mitigation measures, to include:
— Attendees are required to wait in their vehicles upon arrival until staff can direct them.
— Attendees should look for seats marked with dots to ensure proper separation between groups.
— Facilities such as restrooms will be available, but all water fountains are closed to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring one unopened bottle of water per person.
— Signs, flowers, balloons and other congratulatory gifts are prohibited.
For those who do not plan to attend, but wish to see the ceremony, students from the Waynesville Career Center Video Production team will provide live coverage. To watch the ceremony online, visit the Tiger TV Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/waynesvillech12.
The ceremony is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of rain.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by the Waynesville R-VI School District.)