Schools update graduation plans as gathering guidelines ease

Schools update graduation plans as gathering guidelines ease

After Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey eased gathering guidelines last week, local schools had the chance to revamp graduation ceremonies. 

Originally, Russell County High was scheduled to have a drive-in graduation. On May 13, the district released a new plan. Russell County High School seniors will enjoy a more traditional sit-down graduation ceremony on June 6 at 9 a.m. ET on the high school football field. The graduation will still remain closed to the public, but each graduate will be issued four tickets for guests to attend. A six-feet distance will be maintained with reserved seating in the stands. Graduates will also maintain social distance on the field. 

Smiths Station High School released its plans for graduates. Graduates and families will enjoy a drive-in ceremony on May 30. The chaplain, principal, class president, salutatorian, and valedictorian will speak, and seniors will be directed when to move toward the stage. They will walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and have their photo taken by Lifetouch. There will be a parade following the event heading north on Lee Road 430 to Lee Road 298. 

Glenwood’s seniors will have a private ceremony on May 23 at 9 a.m. ET on the football field. Headmaster Frankie Mitchum said they will allow a limited number of family members. The event will be live-streamed on the Glenwood Gators Facebook page. 

Central High School held five traditional graduation events last week at Garrett-Harrison Stadium. Graduates attended in groups of 90 or fewer in events Monday through Friday. All graduates sat at a social distance.