The graduating class of 2020 is making history.
They are the first (and perhaps only) set of seniors receiving their diploma during unusual ceremonies caused by unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. For a unique class of students, a unique celebration has been scheduled by the Bullitt County Public Schools Student Learning Department in collaboration with each high school, Louisville Tech, and Superintendent Dr. Jesse Bacon.
Louisville Tech will record the celebration at each high school. Each graduating senior will receive an individually assigned time on the following days:
- Bullitt Central High School: Wednesday, May 20th through Friday, May 22nd
- Bullitt East High School: Tuesday, May 26th through Friday, May 29th
- North Bullitt High School: Sunday, May 31st through Monday, June 1st
Each school is organizing procedures for student and household family participation. Healthy at Work regulations are in place meaning all attendees will wear personal protective equipment and maintain social distancing. School staffs are contacting each senior to coordinate a time unique for them. Students and their household families will be required to wear masks during this time. According to Director of Secondary Education Rachelle Bramlage-Schomburg, each senior wearing the traditional cap and gown will be permitted to remove his or her mask when receiving their diploma cover (sans handshake) as their name is announced.
“Seniors will face the camera, move their tassel to the other side and exit the area,” she explained. “While announcing students, principals will announce the achievements they have earned, such as career-ready, academic-ready, career pathway program completor, perfect attendance, etc.”
Louisville Tech will compile a single video for each high school to include each student receiving their diploma cover and honor graduate speeches. Once completed, the videos will be aired on the district YouTube and social media pages at a later date. The district is also exploring the possibility of airing the completed programs on a local television station. More info will come on when and where the general public will be able to view the completed celebration.
Although no event can compensate for a traditional graduation ceremony, the Graduate Celebration is one way to capture a history-making memory for the Class of 2020. Plans are still in the making for an in-person public ceremony Saturday, Oct. 3 provided restrictions are lifted on social distancing and public gatherings.