Eureka Springs High School to host 2020 graduation on Saturday
By Haley Schichtl
The Eureka Springs School District will hold its graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at the track.
All attendees must wear a mask, as required by state and health department guidelines. Casual attire is recommended, since the temperature may reach the upper 90s.
"For picture opportunities, grads can take it off real quick," said principal David Gilmore. "But other than that, they have to wear masks throughout the ceremony."
Graduates that want to be in the graduation ceremony must attend a practice ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, at the middle school gym. Each graduate will receive eight tickets at the practice ceremony for family members and friends to help follow social distancing guidelines. Six spectators can sit inside one of the circles on the field, and two can sit in overflow seating on the track.
The event will be live-streamed for those who can't attend on the school’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/EurekaSpringsSchools.
Chairs will be provided only for the graduates, so attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.
Attendees will be directed to available parking lots around campus. The gravel lot east of the track will be used to drop off elderly and disabled attendees, and a few handicap spots will be available.
Gilmore said there will be no food and drinks sold at the ceremony, but there will be some bottled water and a first-aid tent. The school encourages everyone to bring their own bottle of water and sunscreen.
"We'll set up a few tents for anyone who might need to stay in the shade," Gilmore said. "We'll accommodate the best we can, but we're not going to do any food sales or anything that promotes transmission."
He said the students were polled on whether they would like to have a regular ceremony or a drive-thru ceremony, and they wanted to have a regular one.
"We're glad we could put it outside and do something a little different than usual," Gilmore said. "I'm proud of these kids; they've worked hard and went through a stressful year. I'm glad that they finally get this."