Plans are coming collectively for the highschool seniors in Sarasota County, as College District officers introduced out of doors commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021.
Final 12 months’s commencement festivities have been dramatically scaled again because of the pandemic, with schools hosting drive-thru ceremonies. This 12 months is a step again to regular, as attendees is not going to be required to stay of their vehicles always, however COVID-19 security precautions will stay in place.
On Tuesday, Sarasota County College District Superintendent Brennan Asplen mentioned that seniors from Booker, Riverview, Sarasota and Suncoast Polytechnical excessive faculties would graduate in ceremonies held on the Baltimore Orioles spring coaching residence, Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.
Venice and North Port excessive seniors will graduate at ceremonies held at every college’s soccer stadium. Pine View College leaders are in talks with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Corridor to carry an indoor occasion restricted to 50% capability, Principal Stephen Covert mentioned Wednesday morning. No plans have but been introduced for college students graduating from Oak Park.
The out of doors and spaced-out venues will enable for social distancing and mitigate towards the unfold of COVID-19.
“It’s been very tough to have our graduations the place we now have had them previously,” Asplen mentioned, declaring that Riverview Excessive College alone would require three totally different ceremonies to keep up social distancing at Robarts Area, the place the occasion has been held in earlier years.
All of the ceremonies will happen starting June 4, with ultimate preparations nonetheless being nailed down, district spokesman Craig Maniglia mentioned. Asplen mentioned households needs to be receiving particulars about their college’s plan within the coming days.
Earlier this month, Manatee County College District leaders announced a similar plan, with most ceremonies taking place at the Pittsburgh Pirates LECOM Park in Bradenton. As a result of issues about rain, all of Manatee’s ceremonies will start at 8 a.m., and college students will solely obtain two tickets every as a way to preserve social distancing.
Sarasota college officers haven’t but introduced what time of day the ceremonies shall be held or what number of tickets every scholar will obtain.
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