Burgin Announces Alternative Graduation Plan

Taylor Renee Lewis and other members of Burgin’s class of 2019 walk the aisle after collecting their diplomas last May.

Jennifer Marsh

Herald Staff

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Burgin Independent Schools will have their last day for students on Friday, May 1.

“We are very disappointed that we cannot have a normal ceremony and regular senior activities for the Burgin Class of 2020, due to the current restrictions,” said Sarah Steele, counselor for the Burgin High School. “The situation that we are in does not minimize the accomplishments of our students so we are doing our best to provide alternate means of celebrating their success.”

Steele said the staff reached out to the graduating seniors for opinions on alternate graduation plans and activities.

“Seniors typically have a final walk around the school in their cap and gowns on the last day of school,” said Steele. “In place of that, we are hosting a senior parade on May 1, the last day of school for the 2020 year, at 6 p.m.”

Steele said families and community members are encouraged to cheer the graduates from their lawns while maintaining social distancing guidelines mandated by the state.

Steele said in addition to the parade there will be a digital billboard displayed in Burgin Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8, recognizing seniors.

“Each senior will be given a time to come in and walk across the stage to accept their diploma,” said Steele. “They will be recorded and a video graduation ceremony will be created.”

The video ceremony will be released on the Burgin Independent website, Facebook Page and YouTube on the original graduation date and time, May 15, at 7 p.m.

Steele said Burgin has several other things planned to honor their seniors but aren’t releasing the plans yet.

“We are hoping to surprise our seniors,” said Steele. “We have had tons of community support in recognizing the Class of 2020’s accomplishments.”

(Editor’s note: Mercer County schools have not announced Their graduation plans.)

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