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2020 Graduation Ceremony

2020 Graduation Ceremony
Posted on 07/06/2020
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We are thrilled to honor our Graduating Class of 2020! The Hot Springs World Class High School Graduation Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Due to COVID-19, many protocols and guidelines must be followed to ensure the safety and health of all graduates and attendees. We appreciate your patience as we strictly adhere to the guidelines in our HSSD Graduation Plan in order to host an in-person graduation ceremony for our wonderful students. 


A full summary of information and specific instructions from the HSSD Graduation Plan approved by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health is below. For reference, the official plan document is also included via link at the very bottom of this update.
Overview:
Based on attendance guidelines in the HSSD Graduation Plan approved by state officials,  each Trojan graduate will be provided with up to five guest tickets. Tickets must be picked up from the HSSD District Office (400 Linwood Avenue) between July 8 - July 22 (please see below for office hours). Graduates should wear masks when picking up the tickets from the District Office, please.
At graduation, all graduates and attendees must keep masks on throughout the entire ceremony; graduates may remove masks only briefly while accepting diplomas. At Graduation, guests who wish to sit together should arrive together. Graduates will be seated immediately in alphabetical order divided between seating on the arena floor and in arena seating. The entire ceremony will be streamed live on the Hot Springs World Class High School Facebook page. 


Graduates and guests of the HSSD Graduation Ceremony may not congregate in the parking lot of the Hot Springs Convention Center Arena, or in the lobby area. All will be directed to seats immediately upon arrival and are asked to kindly exit straight to vehicles following the ceremony. No gatherings in large groups of any kind are allowed, please. 


Information for Graduates:

- Graduation tickets will be available for each graduate to pick up from the HSSD District Office at 400 Linwood Avenue between July 8 - July 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Please wear a mask when you enter the District Office.
- At the District Office, students will be asked how many guest tickets (up to 5) they would like to take. They can also request additional guest tickets at that time.
- After July 22, any students who have requested additional tickets will be contacted about leftover tickets. Leftover tickets will be divided evenly among students who have requested extra guests. If students do not pick up tickets by July 22, it will be assumed that they do not need any and their guest tickets will be divided among “leftover” tickets and given to other students.
- At Graduation on July 30, 2020, graduates should arrive at the Hot Springs Convention Center Arena at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.
- All graduates will wear a school-issued mask. Graduates will wear masks at all times with the exception of walking the stage, receiving their diploma, and exiting the stage.

- Graduates will be taken directly to their seats. There will be no practice or procession.
- Graduates and guests of the HSSD Graduation Ceremony may not congregate in the parking lot of the Hot Springs Convention Center Arena or in the lobby area.
- Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order. 96 will be seated on the floor. The remaining 107 will be seated in arena seating.
- Graduates will be seated 6’ apart from one another and (for those in the arena seating) 12’ from the audience.
-Sanitizer will be available at the podium and will be used after each speaker.  


Information for Guests at Graduation:
- All guests 10 and older or those who are not medically exempt must wear a mask.
- Guests will be ushered immediately to their seats as they arrive on July 30 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
- Guests to graduation who wish to sit together should arrive together, please.
- Every other row in the arena will be blocked off by Convention Center staff before guests arrive.
- Graduates and guests of the HSSD Graduation Ceremony may not congregate in the parking lot of the Hot Springs Convention Center Arena, or in the lobby area.
-Entry and exit for guests will take place in one direction.
-Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the arena in addition to being available at entrances and  exits.
- Keep in mind, Bank OZK Arena/ Convention Center Staff will thoroughly clean the space in accordance with Big Venue procedures (as outlined in the full HSSD Graduation Plan linked above). 


Read the full HSSD Graduation Plan approved by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health (which is a required plan to be submitted and approved by public schools prior to hosting large-scale events), here.


The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


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