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Sherman, Denison High School graduations looking different with coronavirus precautions

Sherman High School will hold four different ceremonies at Bearcat Stadium starting Friday at 9...
Sherman High School will hold four different ceremonies at Bearcat Stadium starting Friday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and again on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.(KXII)
Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 7:38 AM CDT
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For students at Sherman High School, the day is almost here, graduation. But that all-important walk across the stage will look very different this year.

The school will hold four different ceremonies at Bearcat Stadium starting Friday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and again on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Approximately 110 students will be split up alphabetically for each ceremony and seats will be spaced six feet apart.

"At the beginning of school closure we surveyed our parents and our students and it was very important to them that they had the experience of a traditional graduation," said Sherman ISD Director of Communications Kim Simpson.

Each student will be given five tickets for friends and family and everyone will have their temperatures checked prior to entering. Once they're at the stadium families will be seated six feet apart from one another.

Student chairs on the field are also placed at a safe distance.

All attendees will also have to submit a health check survey outside the stadium before they're allowed inside.

Students and their families are not required to wear masks during the ceremony, but they are recommended for attendees leaving the stadium.

Simpson said with the current pandemic, just having the ceremony was important to students and their families.

"We pushed our dates back, we even had a follow-up date if this date did not work, so we've been committed to being able to provide a traditional experience for our class of 2020," Simpson said.

Denison High School will hold their graduation at Munson Stadium Saturday at 8:30 pm. Every student will have four tickets for friends and family and temperatures will also be checked at the door.

Graduates and guests will also be seated six feet apart.

School officials will be handing out diplomas in person and wearing PPE, but students are not required to wear masks or gloves.

For anyone that cannot attend the ceremonies, they will be live-streamed on the school districts' YouTube channels.