Parents and Seniors,
Thank you for being patient with us as we waited for guidance on scheduling graduation. We are excited to announce that graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6pm at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport. We are fortunate that this facility is large enough to allow us to adhere to social distancing guidelines and still be able to celebrate and honor our seniors. Bishop Malone and Sr. Carol Shively will be present as well.
Due to size restrictions and keeping to 25% capacity, each graduate will be given four tickets to distribute among friends/family members. (Information will come out later on how/when to pick up the tickets. Guests must be in possession of the ticket for entrance to graduation.) Family members who are not feeling well or who are considered as high risk for COVID are encouraged to stay home. Just as when attending church services, four-person family units will be allowed to sit together, but separate families will be asked to space out throughout the venue. Guests are also asked to wear masks/face coverings.
We will also be adhering to social distancing guidelines for graduates. Graduates are asked to arrive dressed in caps and gowns no later than 5:15 for lineup/instructions. They will be spaced out during the entrance/processional and seated in chairs at least six-feet apart on the floor of the coliseum. Graduates are also asked to wear masks prior to the ceremony, although they will be allowed to remove them when they process in and walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. All of the typical speeches/awards/recognitions will still occur during the ceremony.
Harrington will be present to take photographs of your graduate during the ceremony. Graduates will receive their empty diploma cover on the stage, and after the ceremony they will report to a table to receive their diploma and senior packet. We will have space marked for graduates to stand/wait to help them keep their distance. We are also asking after the ceremony that families do not linger and gather.
If a student is unable to participate, he/she will be able to pick up his/her diploma at school. There will obviously be no penalty for a student who is unable to attend, and we will still call out his/her name for recognition. Students should let us know by Friday, June 5 if they will not be able to attend.
Thank you for adhering to our guidelines for a safer graduation. We are trying to give our graduates as much of a “normal” graduation as possible while still adhering to guidelines to keep everyone as safe as we can.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Coach LeBlanc, Mrs. Johnson, and Coach Greene