The class of 2020 at Mercer County Senior High School will be able to walk the aisle and collect their diplomas but they and their families are going to have to be patient.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation will not be held until Saturday, Aug. 1, at the high school gym.
Spencer Tatum, the principal at Mercer Senior High, made the announcement last week on the school’s Facebook page.
In a video, Tatum said the senior class had been surveyed about how they wanted to handle the graduation ceremony. He said the majority of the seniors voted to hold an in-person graduation after the restrictions had been lifted. The alternate date is Saturday, Oct. 3.
Tatum also said from May 26 to May 29, seniors will be allowed to walk across the stage in an alternative ceremony. Anyone interested can call the high school at 733-7160 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. before May 20.
While the Kentucky Department of Education has provided guidance to school districts on how to safely handle graduation alternatives and other end-of- school procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak, Kentucky is a local-control state. Many of the decisions are being made by the local school boards.
At Burgin Independent Senior High School, members of the graduating class took part in a senior parade last Friday. Burgin will post a video ceremony online—via the school website, the Facebook Page and YouTube channel—on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m.