Following a student survey, Rossville Community Schools has decided to schedule its graduation ceremony for July 12 in the school’s auditorium.
“We surveyed our students and allowed our seniors to have input,” said Terry Thompson, principal at Rossville Middle/High School. “They chose July 12 at 2 p.m., and we are going to be in in the auditorium.”
Rossville Middle/High School will graduate 67 seniors from its Class of 2020.
“We already have plans set,” Thompson said. “We are going to do everything in one day.”
Thompson said that graduation practice will begin at 10 a.m. on July 12 and will last about an hour and a half. After practice, the school will provide lunch for the Class of 2020 in the school’s new fieldhouse.
“It is so wide open that we can space them out significantly, so we will honor the 6-foot social-distancing,” Thompson said.
Once lunch is over, the Class of 2020 will get ready for its 2 p.m. graduation in the auditorium where there will be a limit to how large the audience will be.
“We are going to give four tickets to each graduate, and they will then decide who will come watch them graduate,” Thompson said. “And we will space those out. They will sit as a family, but they will not be within 6 feet of another family.
“Obviously, what we are trying to do is meet the governor’s ‘Back on Track Indiana’ plan yet make sure our kids have an opportunity to have some normalcy to end the year that was obviously disrupted,” he added.
Members of the Class of 2020 at Rossville will be able to cross the stage when their names are called.
“We are going to give them their diploma covers, and their families can take pictures of them,” Thompson said. “They will report back to the fieldhouse after graduation, and that is where they will pick up their actual diplomas, awards and everything.
“We are trying to be as traditional as possible,” he added. “I think the most important thing is that they have input, and that is what they chose.”
Thompson says that he has been impressed with Rossville’s Class of 2020.
“Part of our mission statement is to make students become self-reliant,” he said. “Obviously, we didn’t want it to happen this way, but our seniors have gone above and beyond to make sure that they have met all the requirements and have worked through this. So, I have been more impressed by our seniors and their maturity.”