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Clinton High School announces changes to Graduation Ceremony plans  

CLINTON — Clinton High School’s initial graduation plan was recently reevaluated, and the administration, along with parents and students, have constructed a new plan allowing for a more personal celebration of Clinton High School graduating seniors.


Originally scheduled as a drive-thru ceremony where students were to receive their diplomas in front of CHS, the new plan has seniors graduating in the CHS Auditorium separated in groups of 20. The changes alleviate possible weather concerns and allow family members a chance to celebrate their graduating senior.


In order to keep social gatherings to a minimal number, CHS will hold 19 different ceremonies on four different days.


The first of the seven ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 16, will celebrate the CHS Class of 2020’s Top Ten. This will begin at 10:00 A.M.


Following the Top Ten Ceremony, the first six groups of 20 will commence at the top of each hour, starting at 11:00 A.M. going until 5:00 P.M.


The remaining 12 ceremonies will be divided over three days, from Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20, with four ceremonies occurring per day.


The first of the four ceremonies will start at 4:30 P.M. and the following ceremonies will begin at each half hour.


In a letter to parents and students, CHS Principal Brett Robinson said all CDC guidelines will be followed. “Individuals are encouraged to wear masks and/or gloves if they feel it necessary to protect themselves,” he said. “Our custodial company, PCS, will be on site to disinfect the auditorium and waiting area between every ceremony over the four days.”


Each ceremony will be videoed by a professional production company who will combine all four days into one video to be aired on CPSD’s YouTube channel on the originally scheduled date and time of graduation, May 22 at 7:30 P.M.


The professionally produced video will feature the traditional elements of a graduation ceremony such as the recognition of top ten and speeches by the Valedictorian, Student Body President and Senior Class President. Also included will be the recommendation of the graduating class by Dr. Tim Martin to the Board of Trustees and footage of each student accepting his or her diploma.


All 19 ceremonies will be live streamed on the district’s website as well as the district’s YouTube channel.


Each senior will also have his or her picture taken by Mark Barryhill with Mississippi School Pictures and will get a copy of this picture at no charge.


“We are saddened that the class of 2020 has lost so much of the normal recognition given to graduating seniors,” said Clinton Public School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Martin. “We have worked very hard to try and recognize them in conducting the graduation ceremony in this manner.”


He added that methods for recognizing Senior Awards were being explored as well as methods of public recognition.


“We want to honor this class with as much respect as we would any other for their hard work and achievements as they graduate,” Dr. Martin said. “We appreciate the support we have received from parents and students in this process.”