ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Two local school systems have announced changes their plans for high school graduations after new guidelines were given by State Superintendent Eric Mackey last week.
According to Principal Brent Harrison, Enterprise High School will have a graduation ceremony on May 21, but it will be a non-traditional ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center instead of Wildcat Stadium.
“The decision to conduct a non-traditional graduation was not easy as we have had to weigh several different factors along with advice from the State Department of Education,” Harrison wrote in a Facebook post. “Ultimately, the decision to have this ceremony on May 21st was viewed as what was best for every graduating senior.”
Each student will be allowed to bring in six guests into the PAC. Those attending are asked to come in one vehicle and wear masks for their safety.
Lines will displayed on the ground to help guests follow social distancing guidelines.
“Inside the Performing Art Center, seniors will walk with their families until directed otherwise in which the seniors will walk up to the stage for the ceremony,” Harrison wrote. “Each family will be able to be in front of the stage to take photos and cheer on their graduate when they walk across the stage. We will publish a list of names and times for each graduate to arrive for their graduation. The list will comprise roughly of 60 names and each list will encompass an hour block of time.”
The list of seniors and the times that they should arrive is expected to be released by May 13 on the school’s webpage and Facebook, as well as newspaper outlets.
Meanwhile, for Geneva County Schools, students will have to wait longer for their graduation ceremonies as they will be postponed until an unknown date in July.
The system said it hopes that things will have improved enough that the state will loosen social distancing guidelines on how many people can be in one place.
A date will be not be set until after the governor’s next plan and timeline is revealed.