Updated May 15, 2020
Dear Senior Parents and Students,
We appreciate your patience as new information becomes available. This week, we received approval from the Licking County Health Department to organize a drive-thru graduation ceremony for the class of 2020! Unfortunately, we also learned from our Balfour representative that diplomas and diploma covers are delayed by 8 weeks due to the pandemic. We know that we will have caps/gowns in time for student pick-up next week, but the diplomas and diploma covers will not arrive until later in the summer.
Many thanks to the students, staff, and parents who have offered their feedback to help form these graduation plans. This has truly been a collaborative effort! Additionally, we remain committed to working with the senior class officers to host a gathering of the class of 2020 as soon as we are able.
Here are the latest/new details about graduation:
The original plan to deliver diplomas to each of our graduates will not take place because we will not have them in our possession on May 24. The original plan also featured an optional “walk the stage” opportunity in the high school theater on May 26-28. This opportunity is no longer needed because there will be photo opportunities at the drive-thru graduation.
The drive-thru graduation ceremony will take place during the morning/early afternoon of Sunday, May 24 in the front parking lot of Granville High School. It will take place rain or shine. The start time will be determined by the number of graduates who wish to participate.
We are asking ALL families of a graduating senior to complete this Google Form for their graduate. This form will provide us with the number of students wishing to participate in the drive-thru ceremony, which will help us to determine an appropriate start time on the morning of May 24. Please complete the Google Form by the end of the day on Monday, May 18.
As originally planned, we are still encouraging all families to have a “Graduation Watch Party” at their homes at 2 PM on May 24. The virtual graduation ceremony video will be released in advance so that families can ensure access to it wherever they reside. The virtual ceremony contains traditional elements of our graduation ceremonies, like student music and student speeches, with a virtual twist. Our senior class president, Will Schieber, will read the names of our graduates accompanied by still photo images of them. Video will be taken of the graduates walking across the stage at the drive-thru ceremony, described below, and will be edited back into the virtual ceremony for re-release.
- Families are permitted to come to the drive-thru graduation ceremony in one vehicle per family. Any exceptions due to multi-family situations must be approved in advance by the principal. RVs, party busses, and limousines are not permitted as they will block the view of other graduates. Vehicles must be driven by the parent/guardian of the graduate and their families. All vehicles will enter and exit through the Granville Middle School entrance. Vehicles will park in the upper student lot and then be staged for the walk across the stage in the lot near the GHS main entrance. The high school entrance will be closed/barricaded to provide a safe space for the graduates to walk. Please review the aerial map below to familiarize yourself with the set-up and traffic flow.
Graduates will arrive at the school no later than their stated arrival time wearing cap/gown and seated in the front passenger seat. Arrival times will be communicated once we have determined the number of participants and the start time of the ceremony. In addition to arrival times, we will communicate a parking space number in the upper student parking lot to each family. Please be parked in your designated spot at your stated arrival time.
To comply with state guidelines, we will schedule the ceremony in waves of 10 graduates at a time. For example, 10 graduates/families will report at 11 AM, park in their designated space, and then be directed to drive towards the stage area in the front of the high school. Once they have reached a designated location, the graduate will be directed by a GHS staff member to exit their vehicles. The graduate will then have individual photos taken by HR Imaging. Next, the graduate will cross the stage while senior class president Will Schieber reads their names. The graduate’s family will remain in their vehicle at all times and will advance along this route with their graduate. When it is time for your graduate to walk across the stage, your vehicle will be front and center for the best viewing and photo opportunity. Family members in the vehicle will be looking out the passenger side to see the graduate. Once the graduate has exited the stage, they will pick up their senior gift and get back into the family vehicle. The senior gift is a drawstring bag that will contain the following:
Any year-end awards earned (music, drama, global language, etc)
Four graduation programs
BluePrints senior edition
Once the graduate is back in the vehicle, the family heads home by driving behind the HS & MS to exit via the middle school exit. Sadly, we cannot allow graduates to congregate on school grounds once they have completed the drive-thru ceremony. The Granville Police will be on site to assist with traffic flow.
We encourage all families to decorate their vehicles to celebrate their graduates.
Of special note:
Graduates will be required to practice social distancing at all times. Spacing will be marked in the areas the graduate will be walking.
Graduates are required to wear face masks at all times when they are out of their vehicles with the exceptions being during their individual photos and when crossing the stage.
The high school building will not be open to the public on May 24.
No other spectators are permitted on school grounds during the drive-thru ceremony. This is not a public event.
Please complete the Google Form linked above by the end of the day on Monday, May 18.
We look forward to celebrating our deserving graduates on May 24!