Rain or shine, 6 feet apart or 10 feet apart, Minooka Community High School will hold an in-person graduation ceremony in its newly designed football stadium this weekend.
Should inclement weather become a factor, the ceremony will be moved into the MCHS Performing Arts Center.
“These senior students have shown so much courage and have endured missing so many of those final-chapter events due to the COVID-19 pandemic that we wanted the Class of 2020 to have a final special moment of closure,” Bryan Zwemke, building principal at MCHS, said in a news release. “We are very excited to offer this opportunity to the students and their families.”
Planning by MCHS will have the graduation ceremony over a two-day period separating the students by alphabetical slices.
The graduation festivities begin Friday with a Senior Class of 2020 car parade from 5 to 6 p.m. and a virtual prom from 8 to 9 p.m.
The prom court with the king and queen will be announced before the parade. Details for the parade and graduation have been communicated to the MCHS families throughout various MCHS correspondences.
We are extremely excited to offer a variety of events for our seniors to start the weekend celebrations." Hillary Holden, activities director for MCHS, said in the news release . "My wish is that when they look back on this time in their life, they will know how much they were appreciated."
Graduations will be held Saturday and Sunday.
The ceremony will be pared down by permitting students in their assigned hour time slot to be staged in systematically assigned locations, adhering to social distancing guidelines as described in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, and parading over the stage, one-by-one. Four to five family members a student will be allowed in the stadium to witness and take pictures during the procession.
“Although the graduation ceremony will be a little trimmed down from a traditional sense, this opportunity will provide a chance to wear their cap and gown, have a professional picture taken receiving their diploma and walk across that stage with a smile. After all, they deserve it,” Minooka High School District 111 Superintendent Kenny Lee said in the release.