Houston County Schools plans drive-through graduation

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This year, many high school seniors have had non-traditional graduations, and Houston County Schools are the lastest to change how they will do theirs.

To stay in line with social distancing restrictions, schools will have drive-thru graduation ceremonies at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds on May 21 and May 22.

“This wasn’t what we wanted to do, but there was a limit of ten in a group, and we didn’t know what the future was going to bring and so we felt like it’d be best to have a plan, and go ahead get graduation started,” said David Sewell, Houston County Schools superintendent.

Each graduate will receive two tickets for their cars to enter the fairgrounds in order to watch graduation, and for those who might not be able to attend, there is a way for you still watch.

“This will be an almost traditional graduation,” Sewell said. “The seniors will walk across the stage. They’ll receive their diplomas from the principal, then they’ll come back and sit down and sing the alma mater. We’ll have a large screen T.V. with monitors, a good speaker system, and it’ll be livestreamed on Facebook.”

Even though Governor Kay Ivey relaxed her orders, Sewell said this was still the best option for everyone.

“We didn’t feel like we could hold it on campus because it wasn’t just the students that were going to be social distantcing, guests would have to do so also so we felt like this would be the best,” he said.

Sewell does ask that there be no trailers, boats, RV’s, or church buses.

Cottonwood, Houston County, and Ashford high schools’ graduations will be on May 21 while Rehobeth and Wicksburg High Schools’ ceremonies will take place on May 22.

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