DCSS sets tentative graduation date of June 26
Published 1:54 pm Monday, May 11, 2020
The Demopolis City School System has announced that it will hold a Class of 2020 graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26, if local and state health concerns allow.
“After conferring with local law enforcement and local physicians, the Demopolis City Board of Education has decided to delay the class of 2020 commencement ceremonies until tentatively, Friday, June 26. Based on professional opinions and COVID-19 cases in Demopolis and the surrounding area, the board feels this is the most responsible decision to ensure the safety of the graduates, faculty, and guests,” stated an announcement from the system.
Officials said they will evaluate local COVID-19 cases in early June, as well as consider any state health orders and advise from local physicians and law enforcement to determine if Jun3 26 will be a safe date for the graduation ceremonies, with or without guest limitations. If it is deemed unsafe, the system has identified Friday, July 31, as a possible back-up date.
Last week, the board informed students and parents that graduation would be held over the course of two days, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22. That ceremony would have included four students entering Tiger Stadium at a time to receive their diploma with a limited number of guests allowed to attend. The change came about after school officials considered new state health orders passed down by Governor Kay Ivey as well as speaking with members of the graduating class.
“We want to try to honor the graduates’ wishes to be together the best we can and, at the same time, consider all health concerns,” said DCSS Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff. “The Demopolis City Board of Education appreciates the understanding of the graduates and their families as we balance celebrating the class of 2020 with the safety of students, faculty, and guests.”
Demopolis High School graduates who are entering the military are asked to contact the school with an option to schedule a private ceremony prior to the date they are to report for service.