Hardin County Schools has announced graduation plans for the Class of 2020. High school administrators surveyed their seniors, seeking their thoughts about what they would like their graduation ceremony to look like.
After receiving that feedback, Hardin County Schools will approach graduation in two forms:
- Seniors from each school will receive a call from a school staff member with a time to be at the high school – in their graduation cap and gown – with no more than six family members. They will have their name called, walk across the graduation stage and will receive their diploma in a manner that keeps them and the school administrator safe. That process will be videotaped by HCEC-TV and edited into one segment that includes every senior’s walk across the stage. The broadcast of that segment will air on HCEC-TV and its YouTube channel (see information at the end of this news release) on May 22 and May 23 at the times of the school’s originally-scheduled ceremony. These events will take place in the football stadiums at all three high schools. The dates for those ceremonies are as follows:
- Central Hardin – May 4, May 5 and May 6 (if necessary)
- John Hardin – May 7 and 8
- North Hardin – May 7, 8 and 9
- Hardin County High / GED – May 9 at College View
- Traditional ceremonies will be held at a later date when the state government and health officials approve the gatherings of larger amounts of people again. If this is possible on October 2 and October 3, 2020, ceremonies will occur then. If the event cannot take place in October, the ceremonies will be rescheduled for November 27 and November 28. If the event cannot take place in November, there will be no traditional graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.
“When the seniors responded to the survey they overwhelmingly wanted to have a traditional ceremony,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “But, it was important to us to offer this non-traditional graduation ceremony because we do not know what the future holds. Plus, a good number of these seniors will be serving our country in the military, working or attending school in distant places or may encounter other obstacles in getting back to Hardin County in October and November. It is critically important that we honor the Class of 2020 and we want to ensure that they and their family hear their name called, walk across the stage and receive that diploma.”
“We hope that seniors can attend both of these events,” Morgan added. “We are saddened by the circumstances that caused us have to do this. However, we are extremely fortunate to have staff and administrators who are dedicated to giving the Class of 2020 the best sendoff possible.”
The edited graduation ceremonies will air as follows on HCEC-TV (Comcast Channel 2, Brandenburg Telecom Channel 1 and 2, Spectrum Channel 184) and on HCEC-TV’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/user/gryan2015):
- John Hardin - May 22 @ 7 pm
- Central Hardin - May 23 @ 11 am
- North Hardin – May 23 @ 7 pm
- Hardin County High / GED – May 20 @ 6 pm
THIS VIDEO has gone to the seniors via email detailing this information.