As the school year winds down for Miami County’s three school corporations, officials have settled on July as the month they plan to hold graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.
“So it will look different,” Peru Community Schools Superintendent Sam Watkins told the Tribune on Friday.
But Watkins said there is near overwhelming support to hold an “in-person” ceremony for outgoing seniors, despite the inability to do so in May because of restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When exactly the ceremony will be though remains to be seen. Peru Schools is the only corporation to have not announced a date yet, but School Board members are expected to do so at their Tuesday meeting.
Watkins plans to put forth a proposal then that would allow for graduation on July 17, 24 or 31, dates well after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s July 4 target date of having the state “back on track.”
A survey is available on the school website for students and parents to make their preference known.
Watkins said that whatever is chosen, there will likely be social distancing guidelines in place and the number of guests and family members who can attend will also likely be limited.
“We plan on live streaming it,” he said.
Similar plans are in place at North Miami, where officials have already announced July 12 at 2 p.m. as the time for the ceremony.
That keeps it on a Sunday as has traditionally been the case, Superintendent Kenneth Hanson said Friday.
Maconaquah Schools will host their ceremony the day before, July 11 at 10 a.m.
The ceremony, according to high school principal Chad Carlson, will be in the football stadium.
“More details will be shared once they are finalized,” a post on the school’s Twitter account said earlier this month. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2020!”