Kiel High School’s commencement for the Class of 2020 is scheduled to take place Thursday, July 23 starting at 7 p.m. outdoors on Fifrick Field.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held the following night (Friday, July 24) at the same time. This determination will be communicated by noon on Thursday, July 23.

Should both dates be cancelled because nature did not cooperate, the graduation ceremony will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 starting at 7 p.m. If this date is also rained out, a virtual graduation ceremony will be provided, according to Principal Eric Ward.

All graduates have received four tickets for reserved seating in either the grandstand or visiting bleachers. Reserved seating will be assigned and designated by family.

Reserved seats will be selected and assigned through random drawing by a parent of a graduate. Reserved tickets were distributed to students at graduation practice.

Staff will seat additional family and community members in designated areas in the north end zone grass areas, visitor area, or south end zone grass areas. Guests in these areas are allowed to bring their own lawn chairs and will be spaced six feet apart when seated.

Graduates should plan to arrive no later than 6 p.m. and meet in the KHS gymnasium. Ward said, “Because we want to protect our athletic field, all graduates will be given a pair of super cool Kiel Raider flip-flops to wear during the ceremony courtesy of the Kiel Booster Club.”

Graduates who do not participate for any reason in the graduation ceremony still will be recognized during the ceremony.

To ensure the safety of all of the graduates and guests, the following protocols will be followed:

n Temperature checks will be conducted for all persons entering the facility. Any person with a temperature of 100.4 F will not be allowed into the facility.

n Masks will be required for all guests. Masks will be available at the gates or guests may bring their own. Any person not wearing a mask will not be allowed into the facility.

n Graduates will maintain social distance during the ceremony and will be required to have a mask with them for after the ceremony. Graduates will have the option to wear a mask during the ceremony.

n Guests in all seating areas will be spaced apart to maintain social distance.

Ward added, “We understand that some individuals and family members may not be comfortable attending an in-person ceremony. To allow everyone to participate in our celebration of the Class of 2020 we will be live-streaming the ceremony. The live-stream link will be shared via email to all district staff and parents, the community as well as placed on the district website and on social media.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to make this a positive experience.”

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