Clarke Community Schools will hold a virtual graduation ceremony 2 p.m. May 24 with senior photos, senior awards and more sent out via social media.
Depending on state guidlines, there will be a regualr in person graduation ceremony 2 p.m. June 28 at a location as yet to be decided. The plan for an in person ceremony should state restrictions on social gatherings continue is for a very socially distant ceremony in the circle drive area on the High School/Middle School.
The socially distant ceremony would involve a stage set up in the grassy area and students given a number in advance that corresponds with a number on their diploma. Students would then be driven up to Entrance 31, walk to the stage and state their number to recieve their diploma and get a proffessional photo taken. One person may accompany the student. The traditional handshakes and hugs would be foregone should this ceremony take place. Students would then return to their vehicles and leave via Seminole Way, the newly constructed road leading out to Highway 69.
With a vitual graduation planned, a regular ceremony scheduled and a socially distant ceremony planned in case restrictions do not ease, Clarke Community High School is prepared to send of its 2020 graduating seniors. The planning of two graduations and one contingency plan is very odd but it fits the unconventional school year and shows the resilience of the school district and its students.