PREBLE COUNTY – Graduation ceremonies around the county for the Class of 2020 won’t be the typical celebrations families and students look forward to each year, but each of the five local school districts have worked out ways to create special events for their seniors.
Eaton High School’s graduates will be recognized with a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s stadium on Friday, June 5.
According to information released by Eaton Community Schools, each graduate will receive four tickets for family members they wish to have in attendance.
Families will enter the school parking lot on Camden Road, and tune radios to 90.5 FM “The Nest” and will be prompted to enter through a certain gate for the ceremony.
Rain dates for the ceremony if needed will be June 6, at 6:30 p.m. or June 7 at 2 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony students and families will report to their vehicles for a parade. (A parent/guardian must be the driver.)
National Trail High School seniors will have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony, also on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m.
To enforce social distancing, only four guests per student will be permitted and will be asked to sit in designated areas. A livestream of the commencement ceremony will be made available. Rain dates selected by National Trail are Saturday, June 6, Friday, June 19 or Saturday, June 20.
Preble Shawnee seniors will also be recognized with an in-person graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12, in the high school stadium at 7 p.m. Rain date for the ceremony will be Saturday, June 13.
In order to protect the health of the public, including all involved in a potential graduation ceremony, the Preble County Health Department has developed the following guidelines:
Household and/or close family members only (no more than 10 people to properly fit guests in the grandstands and other areas while maintaining physical distancing guidelines)
Each family grouping should remain six feet apart from other families
Graduates will be seated on the field and maintain a physical distance of six feet
Handing diplomas is permissible but shaking hands is not
Masks or facial coverings are recommended
Advanced aged individuals and immuno-compromised individuals are recommended to not attend
Hand washing and/or sanitizer will be available at the restrooms.
Twin Valley South
Twin Valley Community Local Schools will celebrate the class of 2020 with a parade on Thursday, May 28, and then a ceremony on the football field at 7 p.m. following the parade. Graduates will be dismissed from their vehicles and will receive five numbered tickets for guests. Household seating will be grouped together. Graduates will sit 6 feet apart and households will sit in groups of 5 or less
Tri County North
After consultation with the Preble County Health Department and the approval of the Lewisburg Village Council, TCN administrators notified all of its seniors and their parents the school would be holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on the district’s football practice field on the originally scheduled date of Thursday, May 28.
According to officials, the school will abide by the social distancing guidelines by allowing one car per senior (two if parents are divorced) to attend the ceremony. Everyone will be required to stay in their cars until their graduate’s name is called to the stage to receive their diplomas one at a time.
The evening will begin with a car parade around town before the ceremony and a special event at the end of the ceremony to celebrate the graduates
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