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R-H to have graduation

The Randolph-Henry High School (R-H) class of 2021 will get to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas this spring.

According to R-H Principal, Erin Davis, commencement will be held Saturday, May 22, at 1 p.m. outdoors in the football stadium.

“In order to provide a ceremony that accommodates students, staff, and guardians at 30% capacity, we will need to hold this event outdoors,” Davis said. “This facility would allow enough space for all students to invite four guests to graduation.”

Davis said seating would be marked to social distancing between families, but families would be allowed to sit together in the bleachers.

CCPS plans to live stream the graduation as well for guests who are unable to attend due to health conditions or capacity concerns.

“We are very excited that our school will be allowed to host a formal commencement for our students this year,” Davis said. “Although our ceremony will be different than in years past, we are committed to making it memorable and special for the Class of 2021.”

In the event of rain, graduation will be held at the Central Middle School gymnasium.

“We will make a weather determination no later than Friday, May 21, in regard to whether the event must be relocated,” Davis said. “If graduation is held indoors, students will be limited to two guests due to capacity restrictions.”

Tickets will be color-coded to indicate whether they may be used for indoor or outdoor graduation.

Although commencement will be held on the athletic field, CCPS must still follow graduation guidelines for seating capacity and not those set forth for sporting events.

The state recommendations currently allow outdoor graduation ceremonies with attendance capped at 5,000 people or 30% of the venue capacity, whichever figure is less.

Graduation and commencement ceremonies held indoors may have up to 500 people in attendance or 30% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is less.