Monroe High School plans a similar series of family-only graduations.
Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller sent a letter to the district’s seniors and parents outlining plans for diploma pick-up for Lakota East and Lakota West students.
Miller wrote he understood the “deep disappointment” that comes with the announcement. So the district has decided to proceed with a combination of both formats to honor the graduates.
In addition to a virtual celebration that the district will unveil through a live watch party in early June (dates to be determined), it will offer graduates and their families a “personal graduation experience,” Miller wrote.
Tentatively set for May 30 and possibly May 31 depending on the number of participants, each Lakota high school graduate will be invited to receive their diploma case in a drive-through procession.
Hamilton Schools has canceled its high school graduation and scheduled a virtual commencement ceremony later this month, Superintendent Michael Holbrook wrote in a recent letter to families.
Hamilton is planning to honor its seniors with a virtual commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 21, Holbrook said.
“This is certainly not how we envisioned honoring our seniors, however, we are taking an approach that is flexible and balanced as we attempt to recognize our seniors and also ensure their safe exit to a bright future filled with multiple milestones and achievements,” he said.
Area districts that have decided on commencement changes:
Ross and Monroe high schools graduations will be individual family only in a series of scheduled, small gatherings with a few school officials.
Mason High School graduates will be visited at home by school officials and handed their diplomas with a socially distanced, car caravan through the community afterward.
Hamilton High School plans a virtual commencement.
Lakota's two high schools - Lakota East and Lakota West - will hold both a virtual graduation ceremony and a drive-through procession.
Madison High School will use the local Land Of Illusion attraction to hold a drive-through procession for its graduates.
Some area school districts, such as Fairfield Schools, had previously made tentative plans to hold outdoor commencement ceremonies in July and August at campus sports stadiums. But recent state orders prohibiting large crowd high school graduations have officials at some school districts still working on new arrangements to honor their graduating seniors.