The Georgetown County School District has a plan in place for holding in-person graduations for seniors throughout the county.
During a special board meeting, May 7 Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier presented a plan to the board. Dr. Dozier said they have been discussing for weeks how to hold the ceremonies safely for everyone involved. Those options that were discussed included holding graduations at the county airport and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium among other places.
According to district officials, Gov. Henry McMaster’s most recent executive order “encouraged some form of formal high school graduation ceremony, whether it be in person or virtual.”
Dr. Dozier said the district as of right now plans of holding graduations at the various high school football fields throughout the county.
“I know everything we do these days; is risky at best,” Dr. Dozier said. “As we think about these things, we make sure we have the public’s health and safety at mind.”
Howard Adult Education Center: Thursday, May 28 - 9 a.m.
Carvers Bay High School: Monday, June 1 - 9 a.m.
Andrews High School: Tuesday, June 2 - 9 a.m.
Georgetown High School: Wednesday, June 3 - 9 a.m.
Waccamaw High School: Thursday, June 4 - 9 a.m.
Rain dates- June 5 and 6, 9 a.m.
• Persons exhibiting any signs of illness, or identified by the CDC as high-risk should not attend.
• Graduating seniors will only receive two guest tickets.
• Graduates will be given a face mask to wear during the ceremony. It is recommended that they wear the masks. (Students will remove their masks when walking across the stage.)
• Seating must maintain the recommended six feet distance between attendees. Stadium seats will be clearly marked and specific areas will be assigned for standing. Designated additional car parking surrounding the stadium is available in a limited number. The Principal will issue designated parking passes.
• Attendees will be screened like all events with metal detectors.
• Hand sanitization tables will be located at each entrance.
• The event will be live-streamed via Facebook and will also be broadcast on FM radio for people outside the stadium.
• Diplomas will be on a table and picked up by the graduate to eliminate person-to-person contact.
• There won’t be a graduation practice.
Dr. Dozier said that he had a conference call with high principals and seniors throughout the county.
“The students were very passionate about having an in-person celebration,” he said. “They have lost so much; spring sports, graduation events and proms. It is really traumatic to not to get together one last time.”
Dr. Dozer said that he is asking for the public for their help to make sure everything runs smoothly.
“We want to follow these guidelines as much as possible,” he said. “They are subject to change. I think we have a good plan."
Once each ceremony has ended, the public will be asked to clear the campus as soon as possible.
“If you want to celebrate please go celebrate somewhere else,” Dr. Dozier said.
Dr. Dozier said the in-person ceremony is voluntary. The district is working on holding virtual ceremonies for each school.
“This is a historical moment for many of us,” Dr. Dozier said. “I hope it never happens again.”