CCS graduation Saturday to be invite-only
On Saturday, Chase County Schools will host a belated graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.
To follow guidelines of the Nebraska Department of Health for the safety of graduates and guests, the ceremony will be invite-only.
Tickets for the ceremony were mailed Monday to graduates.
Graduates will be spaced out on the gym floor and guests will be provided seating in the bleachers.
Graduates will pick seating for their guests based on a drawing during the walk-through Friday.
Doors for those invited will open at 4 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m.
There will be no receiving line like in years past to follow guidelines of social distancing.
Additional guidelines will also include temperature checks upon entry and masks. While masks will not be required by students and guests, it is highly recommended.
Valedictorian for the Class of 2020 is Trevor Peterson, while salutatorian is Brooklyn Christensen.
Both have a weighted GPA, “so they’re both over 4.0,” 7-12 Guidance Counselor Trent Herbert said.
For those unable to attend,the ceremony will be livestreamed, but a link was unavailable as of Wednesday.
Check www.chasecountyschools.org or the CCS or Imperial Republican Facebook pages later this week for a direct link for graduation.
Herbert said it was contemplated to have graduation at the football field, but weather and sound were factors.
“It’s late July and it’s supposed to be 100 degrees,” he said. “It would also be hard to make sure everything was seen and heard well.”
Prom also on schedule
Graduation isn’t the only major high school event scheduled this weekend.
The 2020 Prom was rescheduled for this Sunday.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, prom is being held as a private event and the public is not invited.
The dance will last two hours—8 to 10 p.m.—and the after-prom will be from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for student check-in.
Temperature checks and breathalyzer tests will be administered upon arrival.
Students with a fever of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed entry. While masks are recommended, they will not be required.
Out-of-town dates are also not invited.
“There were some kids that were upset to hear that,” class sponsor Elisha Hinojosa said. “But that’s the only way we could have it.”
With public not invited, there will be no promenade; just a coronation.
There will also be no formal dinner beforehand.
Hinojosa said they’re considering doing a livestream of the coronation but haven’t decided yet.