Updated on June 23, 2020 — Guthrie High School graduation set for July 17
With the increased number of COVID-19 cases and social distancing still in place by the Centers of Disease Control, the Guthrie High School graduation will not happen this month and has pushed back to July 17.
This follows the plan announced by the school district on May 5 setting the ceremonies for June 26th only if the social distancing recommendation had been lifted statewide. Related article: Guthrie Public Schools reveals graduation plans for Class of 2020
“Obviously, we had hoped to have our graduation this Friday,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said in a release. “When the plan was drafted in early May, we were optimistic that a full ceremony without attendance restrictions could occur.”
The July 17 date will follow whatever conditions are in place at the time. In the event that social distancing recommendations are still in place at the time, the ceremony will be abbreviated and tickets will be required to attend. Students will be limited to four tickets. The procedure for disbursement of the tickets will be announced at a later date.
“We are still hopeful we accommodate such a ceremony in July, but we will place the safety of our graduates and their families first. We truly appreciate the patience of the community as these are unprecedented times,” Simpson said.
As of Sunday, there have been 28 total COVID-19 cases, including 20 recoveries and one death. The seven active cases is the most at one time for the county, including five in the surrounding Guthrie area.
Last week, the state saw daily record numbers for the virus, including 478 on Sunday.