GCHS schedules graduations

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram
Congratulatory balloons wait to be given to graduates at a graduation last year. USD 457 has announced graduation dates for the Class of 2020.

Garden City High School has finalized graduation plans for the 133rd senior class.  GCHS administration has planned smaller graduation ceremonies for each of the four academies throughout the weekend of July 17-19. Each ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.

Graduation ceremony participants and attendees will be required to follow social distancing protocols along with wearing face masks. The consensus of senior students, parents, and district administration was to provide a traditional graduation ceremony experience in the safest environment possible for students, families and staff.

The administration has worked with the Finney County Health Department to determine what type of ceremony could take place for the class.

The graduation ceremony for the Arts and Communication Academy will take place at 7 p.m. on July 17. The ceremony for the Public Service Academy will be held at 10 a.m. on July 18. The ceremony for the Health Academy will be held at 7 p.m. on July 18. The ceremony for the Trades Academy will be held at 2 p.m. on July 19.

Each graduate will receive five tickets for the graduation ceremony.  Tickets will be distributed during graduation practices held during the week of July 13-17.  More information about the graduation practice times and dates will be forthcoming from Garden City High School.

The GCHS administration is requesting that guests do not bring balloons, air horns or other noise making devices to distract from the graduation ceremony.  The graduating seniors are being asked to follow a few guidelines to make their final experience at Garden City High School a dignified and memorable occasion.

The guidelines for seniors include:

1. All attendees will be required to wear a face mask during the ceremony.

2. Dress will be semiformal or business casual. (No shorts, tank tops, etc.)

3. Shoes or sandals are required.  There are to be no beach flip-flops.

4. Do not bring purses and/or bags.  All unnecessary items will be collected and locked in the principal’s office and can be picked up on Monday, July 20, 2020.

5. Do not bring cell phones.  They will not be allowed during the ceremony.

6. The tops of the caps cannot be decorated.

Families will need to have a ticket for each attendee and are asked to enter the gymnasium as a group for seating prior to the start of the ceremony. Social distancing protocols will be followed in the stands along with the wearing of face masks by all guests.  The audience is asked not to move from their places during the ceremony unless they are leaving.

The graduation ceremony will also be broadcast online at the Garden City High School Buffaloes YouTube channel.