Kemmerer High School graduates to ‘cruise for diplomas’

Banners honoring the 2020 high school graduates were installed on Wednesday by the Kemmerer City street crew in preparation for the upcoming graduation scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. (GAZETTE PHOTO/Michelle Tibbetts)

KEMMERER — Hats off for improvising. Members of the Kemmerer High School Class of 2020 will be allowed to participate in their graduation ceremony — with a twist. A crusin’ graduation is what’s planned for the Saturday, May 30 event. The graduation ceremony will begin with all the seniors in their cars at the high school parking lot for the commencement speeches. Then the class of 2020 will cruise down Main Street and parade through town in a convoy, ending at the football field where they will receive their diplomas.

“We are still waiting on the final approval from the county health department,” said principal Shawn Rogers. “We need to follow the social distancing guidelines.”

How they will hand out the diplomas is still under review, Rogers explained. “The health department has approved everything except the details of how the students will actually get the diploma,” he said. Once the details are finalized, he said an official timeline will be released. 

Graduation will begin at 1 p.m. on May 30 at the high school parking lot and seniors will attend in their automobiles. The ceremony will be broadcast on 105.3 FM and live-streamed on www.svinews.com. Following the speeches, the graduates will parade down Main Street up to Diamondville and end at the football field.

Parents will be allowed to watch from the football field as students receive their diplomas on the bleachers. The students will then march along the track, keeping their distance from each other, and switch their tassels for the cap-throwing finale.

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