Pierce City seniors to walk

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Graduation to be held under stadium lights

Pierce City High school seniors will have a chance to celebrate their milestone accomplishments when commencement ceremonies kick off at 7 p.m. on May 17 under the lights at Don Keebaugh Stadium in Pierce City.

With some of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic restrictions being lifted this month, administrators at Pierce City have determined to fulfill the promise made to the Senior Class of 2020 by giving them the traditional commencement ceremonies they have earned.

“The COVID-19 situation is always changing and is not predictable,” said Shannon Holden, high school principal. “We want to take advantage of the opportunity while it is available to us.”

This year’s seniors have faced a myriad of challenges, as schools across the state closed in mid-March on the order of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. As the pandemic spread across the nation and into the state, tentative re-opening dates were finally abandoned with Parson’s order in April. While many students have not fulfilled some of the typical requirements for graduation, testing in the U.S. Constitution, Missouri Constitution and CPR were waived for this year’s graduates.

There is no limit to the number of guests that may attend the celebration, but those planning to attend should be prepared to practice social distancing protocols. Attendees will have the options of sitting in the stands, in lawn chairs or in their vehicles.

“Masks are optional,” Holden said.

In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place at 7 p.m. on May 24.

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