Lauderdale County Schools Graduation Notice – April 29, 2020

Lauderdale County Schools has been working with state and local officials while planning for the upcoming high school graduation ceremonies.  It is our goal to provide the Class of 2020 with the best possible experience during these difficult times.  After consulting with local officials and the TN Department of Education, the decision has been made to have a traditional commencement ceremony while making necessary adjustments to limit exposure.  Although our schools will provide an “in-person” experience, it will be necessary to make adjustments to normal procedures and protocol for all participants.  Specific procedures will be communicated in the weeks leading up to the event.

Commencement Ceremonies have been scheduled as follows:

  • Ripley High School – May 18 (Back up date for weather, May 21)
    • Ripley High will be holding two ceremonies in order to accommodate social distancing requirements for attendees
      • 1st ceremony begins at 5:00pm – Students A-I (please do not arrive before 4:15pm)
      • 2nd ceremony begins at 8:00pm – Students J-Z (please do not arrive before 7:15pm)
  • Halls High School – May 19 @ 7:00pm – Please do not arrive prior to 6:15pm (Back up date for weather, May 22)

In order to maintain proper social distancing during these events, schools will be following guidance set forth by the TN Department of Education to insure the safety and health of our students and their families.  Each graduate will be provided tickets and protective face masks for up to 4 guests.  Only 4 guests per graduate will be allowed due to seating availability after applying social distancing standards.  For those unable to attend, a live, online broadcast will be made available for the public.  The video broadcast will also be recorded and posted online.

Students are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony and may elect to receive their diploma at another time.  School officials will set up a controlled environment where students can get a picture made in their cap and gown receiving their diploma.  Any student who does not wish to participate in regular graduation ceremonies should contact their principal or guidance counselor before May 12 to schedule an appointment.

Over the next couple of weeks, district and school officials will be communicating additional, detailed instructions for students and their guests.  Please remember that it is important for everyone’s well-being to follow the procedures that are set for participation at each school.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.  Congratulations to the Class of 2020!