High school graduations: What Butler, Warren county schools are planning

Some area high schools will experiment with non-traditional and virtual graduation ceremonies this month and next while some school officials are still waiting to decide how their seniors will be honored during the time of the coronavirus.

Area districts that have decided on commencement changes:

Middletown High School: Tuesday 7 p.m. Facebook live graduation ceremony with students and families participating from their homes. Thursday and Friday, seniors stop by Middletown High School to pick up their diplomas – at safe distance - outside of the school. Pre-recorded speeches by Middletown School officials. District still keeping tentative plans of outdoor, group ceremony in July.

Hamilton High School: Wednesday 8:30 p.m. virtual commencement to air on Facebook, YouTube, TV Hamilton and The Hamilton High School Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony will air at 8:30 p.m and be on Thursday on those media outlets. Ceremony will include speeches and video from the senior class president, valedictorian, and salutatorian. Same ceremony will also air at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Holiday Drive-In. Due to social distancing guidelines only 210 vehicles will be allowed to view the ceremony each night and only one vehicle per graduate is permitted.

Talawanda High School: 6:30 p.m. Thursday virtual commencement on social media with photographs of graduates by appointment on June 2.

Madison High School: Friday 6 p.m. drive through commencement at Land of Illusion park. Students and families will remain in their car during the event, and attendance must be limited to two cars per student.

Mason High School: Friday district officials will hand deliver diplomas to graduating seniors – while maintaining safe distance – at their homes. Seniors will have the opportunity to wear their caps, gowns, and cords while they receive their diplomas, and have a photographer capture this moment in front of a specially decorated Class of 2020 Comet Connector Bus. On Sunday virtual commencement on social media at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m. a community parade – using safe distancing - students and families will be able to decorate their cars and be recognized by their family and friends throughout Mason.

Fairfield High School: May 26 through Friday, May 29 at Fairfield Alumni Stadium. Date and time are to be determined through a sign up by the senior. In-person photo opportunity. Families will sign up for a 10-minute slot in the football stadium. Students will receive their diploma and have an opportunity to be photographed. Due to social distancing requirements each participating senior limited to six family members. On May 30 a virtual graduation to be streamed at 7 p.m

Ross High School: Appointments will be accepted in 15-minute increments for various hours on May 26th through May 31st in school auditorium. Students will be videotaped walking across the stage while having their name announced and receive their diploma. Limited number of family members allowed. Families will also have the opportunity to take photos

New Miami High School: Drive through ceremony in parking lot of high school on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 6 p.m. Families will remain in their car during the event, and attendance will be limited. More details about the graduation ceremony to be released soon.

Fenwick High School: Drive through ceremony in the high school parking lot at 6 p.m. May 28. School families will be assigned a parking space. For receiving diplomas, the car will drive to the front of the school where the student will get out of their car, pick up their diploma cover and have their picture professionally taken.

Lakota East and Lakota West high schools: Commencement will be drive through ceremony in each school's parking lot. Lakota East: May 30 at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Lakota West: May 31 at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants divided alphabetically. Due to space constraints and the direction of the health commissioner, number of cars limited to two per graduate. Immediate family members only attending, totaling no more than 10 per group, including the graduate.

Kings High School: Local 12 WKRC-TV to broadcast a graduation program on the station's affiliated channel "The CW" on Sunday, May 31. The hour-long broadcast, which will start at 3 p.m., will also be livestreamed at the same time on the TV station's website.

Badin High School: Badin will hold individual commencements during a four-day period from June 9-12 by appointment in the school gym with limited number of family members in attendance. Photo opportunities in various locations in the school.

Edgewood High School: June 9 and June 10 according to seniors' last names. Drive through ceremony will take place outside, in front of the Event Entrance of high school. Student and family will drive up to the entrance, exit vehicle and walk across a stage to pick up a diploma. The graduate will then return to their car and drive to the high school's main entrance for photo opportunity.

Monroe High School: Saturday, June 13 outside of Monroe High School with seniors coming on to a temporary stage to receive diplomas. Details to come.

Middletown Christian High School: To be determined.

For more information and details regarding virtual graduation celebrations and other related events, refer to your local school district website. Some area high schools are for now maintaining tentative plans for traditional, group commencements scheduled for July and August depending on future guidelines from local and state health officials.

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