Belgrade High School Principal Paul Lamb said a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 is being planned for May 30.
The ceremony will happen on the football field instead of the Special Events Center, and will comply with social distancing recommendations in place at the time, Lamb said. Dots will be spray-painted on the field, and graduates will be instructed to maintain that distance from their classmates. A stage will be erected on the track, and two guests for each student will be allowed in the grandstands.
The ceremony will be livestreamed for relatives who are prevented from attending because of the need to maintain social distance.
Lamb said students and parents overwhelmingly favor holding a ceremony on May 30, rather than waiting until social distancing guidelines are relaxed at some future date. He said the school is working with the Gallatin City-County Health Department to ensure the outdoor ceremony complies with health regulations.
In spite of the COVID-19 crisis, Manhattan High School is planning a traditional commencement ceremony for graduates and their families, incorporating as many customs as possible while respecting state social distancing guidelines and health authority recommendations.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. in the high school’s varsity gymnasium. Principal Jason Slater said the plan calls for up to four family members per graduate to attend, assuming that number complies with county health department guidelines in place at the end of the month. A Belgrade News article on Thursday incorrectly stated that no spectators would be allowed at the ceremony.
The tentative plan calls for students and staff members to be seated 6 feet apart on the floor, with guests seated in bleachers on the main level and upper deck.
Slater said the ceremony will be live-streamed, and the school will provide a professional photograph of each graduate.
Three Forks High School will hold its commencement exercises May 24 on the football field, with LED screens, a sound system, lighting and a stage, according to Superintendent Jeff Elliott. The ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook and broadcast on FM radio.