UPDATED: Shelby County School District moves to in-person graduation ceremony

Shelby County grad plans update

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - The Shelby County School System announced new graduation plans for the Class of 2020.

The change follows Governor Kay Ivey’s amended Safer at Home order to allow for larger in-person gatherings as long as social distancing measures are in place.

“The rest of the state is opening up to certain things, so why deny these students this opportunity if we’re also going to open up restaurants and we’re also going to open up retail stores and that kind of thing. We want to be able to do what we can to honor these students and give them their moment, give the parents their moment,” said Cindy Warner with Shelby County Schools.

Here is the new plan:

All Shelby County high schools will graduate during the week of June 1 during in-person graduation ceremonies that will be held at football stadiums. Each graduate will be issued four guest tickets.

“It was always our intention to offer a traditional graduation ceremony if the governor changed or lifted the health order,” said Dr. Lewis Brooks. “We are very pleased to be able to offer our graduates and families a ceremony that enables them to celebrate with their classmates, friends, and family.”

Dr. Brooks said while the health order allows the district to hold a more traditional graduation ceremony, he is reminding those attending the ceremonies to remember to practice social distancing recommendations.

“Family groups will be permitted to sit together, however, there should be a six-foot distance from the other guests seated nearby,” said Dr. Brooks. “We ask that all graduation guests respect this request for the health and safety of our community.”

Graduation ceremonies will be held on the following dates:

  • June 1 - Oak Mountain High School, Montevallo High School, and Shelby County High School
  • June 2 - Calera High School, Chelsea High School, Helena High School, and Vincent High School.

Each school will be announcing specific details regarding their graduations, including the times for their ceremonies and other logistics.

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