August Commencement Scratched
MUNCY-If nothing else has been learned during the pandemic, it’s that the class of 2020 is flexible, as school administration announced yet another revision in graduation plans.
After meeting with the senior class advisors and officers, school district administration decided to move the preliminary August date of the whole class graduation to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 17.
The change arrives due to Lycoming County’s move to the green phase last week. Keeping an eye on the present situation while anticipating the possible increase in COVID-19 cases later this summer, administration opted to move commencement to June, in fear that county might not be in the green phase in August.
Additionally, because the class population is relatively small in number-54 total-it allows the district to adjust the date from mid-August to this month.
In the green phase, the ceremony is limited to 250 people at a public gathering, and because of those guidelines, each senior will receive three reserved seating, numbered tickets for the whole class graduation. One entry point for parents with tickets will be clearly marked on the front lawn.
Seniors will have a mandatory rehearsal earlier on that day, at 3 p.m. Should weather threaten to interfere with the ceremony, the rain date is Thursday, June 18. The times would remain the same.
The school district scheduled individual/family style graduations on June 5, 8 and 9, so seniors could continue to have the 15 guests they had originally planned for. However, the weather forecast on June 5 persuaded administration to combine that date with June 8 and 9, starting at noon and ending at 7 p.m.
The mid-June 17 date was chosen to allow seniors two weeks to notify their employers in order to receive time off work for rehearsal and the ceremony.