The Class of 2020 in Hardin County Schools will have a graduation event.

HCS announced Monday afternoon graduation plans after high school administrators surveyed their seniors, seeking their thoughts about what they would like their graduation ceremony to look like.   

After receiving that feedback, Hardin County Schools will approach graduation in two forms:  Seniors from each school will receive a call from a school staff member with a time to be at the high school — in their graduation cap and gown — with no more than six family members present. They will have their name called, walk across the graduation stage and will receive their diploma in a manner that keeps them and the school administrator safe.

That process will be videotaped by HCEC-TV and edited into one segment that includes every senior’s walk across the stage. The broadcast of that segment will air on HCEC-TV and its YouTube channel May 22-23 at the times of the school’s originally-scheduled ceremony. These events will take place in the football stadiums at all three high schools.

The dates for those ceremonies are as follows:

- Central Hardin: May 4, 5 and 6 (if necessary)

- John Hardin: May 7, 8

- North Hardin: May 11, 12 and 13 (if necessary)

- Hardin County High/GED:  May 14 and 15 (if necessary) at Central Hardin

Traditional ceremonies will be held at a later date when the state government and health officials approve the gatherings of larger amounts of people again, according to a district news release.

If this is possible on Oct. 2-3, 2020, ceremonies will occur then. If the event cannot take place in October, the ceremonies will be rescheduled for Nov. 27-28.

If the event cannot take place in November, there will be no traditional graduation ceremony for the class of 2020.

See Tuesday’s print edition of The News-Enterprise for more details.

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