The Guthrie High School graduation will happen on July 17. The current unknown question is will Jelsma Stadium be at full capacity, or will there be restrictions on the amount of people allowed inside.
On Monday, Guthrie Public Schools announced graduation would not take place on June 26, but on July 17 due to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) recommendations on social distancing. Related article: GHS graduation delayed again; final chance in July
In May, the school district outlined a plan to set two dates aside for the ceremony after COVID-19 postponed the original event. Related article: Guthrie Public Schools reveals graduation plans for Class of 2020
The district was hopeful for a similar graduation event that everyone has come to know at Jelsma Stadium. However, with the social distancing recommendation still in place, the district moved the date to July 17 in hopes of having a full stadium and a full program.
“Obviously, we had hoped to have our graduation this Friday,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said on Monday. “When the plan was drafted in early May, we were optimistic that a full ceremony without attendance restrictions could occur.”
Now, what will graduation look like on July 17 at 8 p.m.?
The question currently remains unknown as far as how many spectators, teachers, administrators and board of education members will be able to attend.
If the CDC’s social distancing plan goes away before July 17, it will be the graduation as seen in years past. However, if the guidelines remain in place, graduation will go on, but with restrictions.
The ceremony will have restricted attendance where each senior will be issued four guest tickets and the ceremony will be reduced in order to limit the number of people in the stadium.
“We are still hopeful we accommodate such a ceremony in July, but we will place the safety of our graduates and their families first,” Simpson said.
The good news is graduation will take place on July 17 at 8 p.m. The unknown question is how will it look.
Guthrie News Page will broadcast the ceremony live in its entirety online.