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Graduation Plans for the Class of 2020

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May 19, 2020:

The graduation plan for Scott County Schools is multi-faceted with three different opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020. 

Phoenix Horizon Community, Great Crossing High School, and Scott County High School will each participate in a community graduate parade and will premiere their individual virtual graduation programs beginning June 11, 2020 with PHC followed by GCHS on June 12 and SCHS on June 13.  Each parade will begin at 6:00pm followed by the virtual program debut on YouTube each night at 8pm. 

The virtual programs will be professionally developed by an organization that has years of experience with similar formats.  The parade and virtual programs allow schools to recognize graduates and families to celebrate this accomplishment soon after the end of the school year.

Schools are working with community partners to put together a commemorative bag filled with keepsakes to honor each graduate. Each school will arrange pick up times the week of June 15 where graduates will receive their diplomas and the special gifts in person.

Students were clear in their desire to have a face-to-face program with as many in attendance as possible.  As a result, the plan also includes a more traditional program the last weekend in July.  Details of the program will be announced after July 4th so that we can take into consideration the latest recommendations available from government and health officials regarding crowd size. 

At this time, we anticipate each program being held on the football field at Birds Nest Stadium, which was the plan for commencement exercises prior to COVID-19.  We are still hopeful that this could be a traditional graduation but there are questions that no one can answer at this time.  It could mean a crowd of 50 or less. Waiting provides the best opportunity for students to get their wish and have a face-to-face program in some capacity prior to the leaving for college or reporting for military service.

The plan was presented by high school principals and approved by the Scott County Board of Education on April 28, 2020.

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Graduation Events (Updated May 18, 2020):

  • Phoenix Horizon Community virtual graduation will be Thursday, June 11 at 8:00pm.  Parade staging at 5:30pm at SCHS, parade begins at 6:00pm.  
  • Great Crossing High School virtual graduation will be Friday, June 12 at 8:00pm.  Parade staging at 5:30pm at GCHS, parade begins at 6:00pm.
  • Scott County High School virtual graduation will be Saturday, June 13 at 8:00pm.  Parade staging at 5:30pm at SCHS, parade begins at 6:00pm.

One car per graduate.  Family members encouraged to line parade route to cheer on graduates.  Map and parking information available soon

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April 29, 2020

Principals from Great Crossing High School, Phoenix Horizon Community, and Scott County High School presented a unified and thorough plan to members of the Scott County Board of Education in a special-called meeting on April 28 to discuss graduation.  Principals developed the three-prong plan to meet the requirements of government and health officials with consideration to the preferences stated by students at each school.

First, all three schools will employ the service of Herff Jones to develop a professional virtual graduation program.  The company has years of experience and produces a high quality product that will include a separate graduation program for all three schools.  In a movie format, each program will debut on YouTube Premier and will include photos and names of all graduates in addition to customary pomp and circumstance and graduation speeches.  Each video file will be available for download.  Students should look for more details soon from their school. 

In addition to the virtual ceremony, each school will host a graduate parade through town to allow community members to celebrate their accomplishment, working in collaboration with city and county officials.  Look for details for the parades, including maps, in the coming weeks.

On behalf of their students, principals were emphatic in their request to reserve the right to hold a traditional, in-person graduation ceremony if government and health officials deem such a program permissible before the end of July.  This timeframe was intentional to allow as many students as possible to participate prior to reporting for military service or college.  Principals will begin to plan for a traditional graduation program now so they are ready to launch if permission is granted.

The Scott County Board of Education applauded the efforts of the school leaders to develop a plan that covers all the bases, ensuring a high quality virtual program and community celebration as well as putting plans in place for a face-to-face ceremony if possible.  Members expressed their empathy and respect for graduates and families.  The board approved the plan unanimously.  Look for more details soon as the planning process continues to provide a safe and honorable celebration for the Class of 2020.

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