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Seniors in Clarendon school districts will walk across stage

BY SHARRON HALEY
Clarendon Sun contributor
Posted 5/22/20

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Seniors in Clarendon school districts will walk across stage

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Graduation may look a little different in 2020 for graduating seniors in Clarendon County, but with a lot of preparation and planning, each school district has made it possible for seniors to walk across the stage to accept their diploma.

Scott's Branch High School will hold its 2020 Graduation Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. June 5 at Spann Stadium, 5753 Alex Harvin Highway.

"This is very, very important for our seniors," SBHS Principal Dr. Nathaniel Nelson said. "They have worked hard both academically and athletically. They truly deserve to have this ceremony."

Graduates will be limited to two tickets.

Social distancing guidelines will be in place for both graduates and attendees. All graduates, staff, faculty and attendees will be required to wear facial masks. Entry and exit procedures have also been put into place.

SBHS will follow the orders that have been set in place by Gov. Henry McMaster and State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, and the district will also abide by all the policies and procedures that have been recommended by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CSD1 is having the ceremony live-streamed. For complete details on the ceremony, log onto clarendon1.k12.sc.us.

East Clarendon High School's graduation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. June 5 at Shadd Hall Stadium, behind ECHS, 1171 Pope St.

"Our students wanted to graduate as a class," said ECHS Principal Jason Cook. "We know this year's graduation will be different, but we didn't want them to miss out."

Cook said that because class day had been missed, the various honors and awards that a senior has received will be announced as they walk across the stage.

Each graduate will receive two admission tickets and social distancing would be adhered to for graduates as well as attendees.

Cook said that all three gates would be open for parking and that guests will not be allowed to congregate in the stadium or parking lots.

The ceremony will be live streamed. For more information, please log onto the Clarendon School District 3 website, clarendon3.org.

Manning High School's graduation ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. June 6 at Ramsey Stadium, 2155 Paxville Highway.

Each graduate will receive two admission tickets, regardless of age, for attending the ceremony. No other guests will be admitted to the stadium.

Like SBJS, MHS will also practice social distancing to protect the students, guests and staff. Graduates will be provided with a mask to ensure uniformity and decorum at the ceremony. Candidates will be able to remove their masks as they cross the stage and to take pictures. Attendees/guests will not be allowed to congregate in areas outside the stadium or in the parking lots.

Clarendon 2 district officials said sanitation and nurse stations will be set up around the stadium.

The ceremony will be live-streamed and recorded for those who are unable to attend the ceremony. A photographer will also take pictures of each graduate crossing the stage for purchase. For complete details on the ceremony, log onto clarendon2.k12.sc.us.

All three districts said the guidelines for graduation would be strictly enforced and only those with tickets will be admitted to the venues.