MARTIN, Tenn. – Weakley County Schools Director Randy Frazier announced Friday, May 1 that the graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 will take place on the weekend of June 12 in a press release. According to the release, postponing the event planned for May 15 came after consulting with local health officials.
“When they expressed serious concern, we knew we had to make the adjustment,” said Frazier in webcasts to the public and school system.
Principals will determine the specific dates, times and formats for the ceremonies that will reflect the social distancing guidelines in place at that time, he said. School officials say those plans will be relayed to seniors in emails and phone calls as well as released to the media once they are confirmed.
Frazier said that current state guidelines express need for social distancing that will change graduation, including seating and audience limitations. The release says some schools may utilize multiple ceremonies to allow for adhering to the guidelines.
Frazier acknowledged that some seniors have enlisted in the military and may not be able to participate on June 12 and that others have similar obligations.
“We want to assure those who may have to miss the June 12 ceremony that when they return to the area and we have returned to some normalcy next year, we will celebrate them in a public gathering. Every senior deserves recognition for this significant achievement."