Dear graduating seniors and parents,
On April 28, I wrote announcing that I would get back to you with more information regarding our graduation and commencement ceremonies, and on our plans to provide more details when they became available. I asked parents and students to share their perspectives, and I have received many thoughtful replies and conversations.
West Central intends to ensure that both a virtual commencement and in-person ceremony offer you and your loved ones the best graduation experience that we can provide during this time of upheaval. The event we have planned will allow us to honor your extraordinary academic and extracurricular experiences that have brought you to this point. All of you are the next generation of achievers from the West Central family.
Here are some details about our plans for the virtual and in-person graduation ceremony which will take place on June 5, 2020:
As we’ve done in years prior, our administration and board will recognize your accomplishments and scholarships that graduates have earned. Your diplomas will be conferred on June 5, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., though the actual date reflected on the document will reflect the May 15, 2020 date as it was the originally intended graduation. I realize that some of you have obligations that might make it difficult to attend the in-person graduation event, and of course there are public health and safety considerations that are constantly changing. That is why we intend to make this graduation ceremony every bit as rich and meaningful as possible.
We’ll have as many speakers as we can include virtually conferring the honors via a recording to be put online and on social media. This will include some of your student peers as well. Mr. Molumby will be contacting students that will be recording speeches for the virtual portion of the ceremony.
We will be updating more concerning the virtual portions of the graduation on an individual basis, but rest assured the platforms will include the West Central school website and a live streaming of the entire event via Facebook.
Public-health experts have suggested that it may be some time before it is safe to hold large-scale public gatherings, but we know that an in-person event is incredibly important to our students and families, and is essential for our community. We believe that the most responsible way to hold a quality ceremony is to recognize you individually and as a member of the West Central Class of 2020, but to do it in a way that adheres to public health recommendations and state safety proclamations. We will schedule times for the graduate and their families to come to the school entrance, receive their diploma and line up at the front entrance with the rest of the 2020 Senior Class at a safe distance. We will invite all 2020 graduates to stand with their families, with diplomas, in cap and gown around the front entrance to the school building. Each family will stand with their graduate on a designated spot, at a minimum of 6ft apart, where they can receive the recognition not only from peers, but from community. The community will recognize you as a class by being able to be part of a cavalcade of cars that will be able to drive by the school entrance with flashers on and observing safe distancing protocols. We have tentatively set a date of June 5, 2020 in order to observe public-health guidance and the survey results generated by students and parents of seniors. We will also have two alternative dates of June 6 and 7, 2020 at 1:00pm for both days. These alternative days are in place in order to address possible weather related issues due to the outdoor venue.
Please make sure to visit our West Central website and the Facebook page if you are unable to be part of the procession of cars. There, you can still be a part of the celebration from home or smartphone. This ceremony will be recorded for those family or relatives that can not make the day because of distance and travel restrictions.
Graduation Materials and Guidance
We will mail graduation materials to senior addresses along with our senior checkout list in order for seniors to complete their end of school responsibilities. Because Fayette County continues to be in a region where restrictions have not been eased, we will continue to make the necessary adjustments to any public health related mandates that will need to be observed for the safety of the students, staff and community members.
This is not how we imagined the end of the 2019-2020 school year, but West Central has continued to be resilient in the face of adversity. We will continue to update any part of this plan as new information from the state warrants changes to the ceremony based on new safety recommendations.
Stay safe and take care,
West Central CSD
6-12 Curriculum Coordinator