Pasco County high school seniors will get the in-person graduation ceremonies they and their parents have been clamoring for.
The events won’t take place at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center, though.
After learning the arena won’t be available in June, district officials worked out new arrangements to have each school hold its commencement at its campus stadium. Three smaller schools will hold indoor activities.
They begin on May 26 and will run through June 5.
Principals began sharing the news Thursday afternoon.
Each student will be allowed to invite four guests to the ceremonies — two who may sit on the field with the graduate, and two who would sit in the stands. That’s a change from a year ago, when students could bring two guests.
On the field, the graduate and guests will sit separated from one another, as they were last summer when the schools were able to hold in-person events. In the spring, they opted for virtual graduations, but were inundated with requests to be able to “walk.”
Superintendent Kurt Browning said he and his staff had been discussing for weeks the best way to allow for “normal senior activities” while still meeting the health safety guidelines set forth.
He said decisions have not yet been made on other senior activities such as prom and grad bash.