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High school officials are planning a graduation ceremony that combines elements from last year’s pandemic graduation with those from ceremonies of years past.
Graduation will take place Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m. outside in West Thomas Stadium, like most recent ceremonies.
Each member of the Class of 2021 will receive 15 tickets, the most ever distributed for graduation.
Like last year, students will be seated on the field and their chairs will face the south end zone. This placement will allow both the home and visitor sides of the stadium along with the north end zone to be open for guest seating.
High school officials say although no seats will be marked off or closed, they encourage social distancing and mask use, but neither will be mandated.
Seniors will be spread out on the new artificial turf, the first to graduate on the new field.
Should the heat become too great, the school does have misting tents that will be available.
Also, anyone will be able to witness the ceremony online via livestream video.
In case it rains Friday night, the ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m. in the stadium.
The week before graduation, the seniors will also be lauded during the traditional Baccalaureate ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 23, inside the school gymnasium beginning at 2:30 p.m. Cairo Mayor Howard Thrower, III is the featured speaker.