Coronavirus: 2 more Clark, Champaign schools announce graduation plans

Northeastern Local School bus. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

With the stay-at-home order and school closure that’s been in effect for nearly two months, many people in the community are wondering about senior graduation ceremonies.

Clark and Champaign schools will release details and plans as they are finalized, but two more have announced their graduation date on their social media and websites.

Northeastern Local School District

Northeastern seniors will be given an appointment time to report to their high school with up to six family members between May 18 and 29 to get their diploma.

“While wearing his/her cap and gown, each student will walk across the stage, be presented his or her diploma and have a photo taken with family to be used at our graduation ceremony,” Superintendent John Kronour said.

The graduation ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. on June 29 for Northeastern High School and 10 a.m. on June 30 for Kenton Ridge High School.

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“If possible, we will have a traditional graduation ceremony in the stadium of the high school for these events. If necessary, due to health restrictions or weather, we will have graduation at this time virtually,” Kronour said.

Kronour said additional details will be shared as the district learns more about the guidelines that will be in place at that time.

“Our staff is committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our Class of 2020 Seniors. Recognizing that these students have sacrificed many of the traditional memories that make up the senior year, we have created a plan that will provide recognition and opportunities for celebration for students and their families,” he said.

Triad Local School District

Triad will present diplomas to seniors between May 26 to 29 at scheduled times.

“We will schedule individual seniors every 15 minutes between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each senior may bring up to 7 guests to witness the presentation of their diploma,” said Superintendent Vickie Hoffman.

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Students can pick up their academic medals, cords, NHS stoles, etc. before the presentation of their diplomas, Hoffman said.

The district is planning to have an outdoor graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

“The plan is to have the stage set up on the front drive of the high school and have the students march out and sit in chairs close to the edge of the drive. We would invite immediate family members to use their personal lawn chairs and sit in the front yard of the high school for the ceremony,” said Hoffman. “Seniors will receive a certificate in lieu of their diploma.”

Hoffman said if social distancing guidelines are extended through July, a video compilation of the ceremony will be posted at 6 p.m. that evening, which will include staff and student speeches, recognizing the valedictorian and salutatorian, the most improved senior and the presentation of diplomas.