Amid some uncertainty, graduation is a go

Class of 2020

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Mary Stewart,

Graduation is still on for the class of 2020, a relief to many students, parents and the Glenrock community.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic shut schools and businesses down for the last two months, students around the state finished their school year at home with distance learning.

Gov. Mark Gordon recently eased some of the COVID-19 restrictions placed in April which opened the door for Glenrock High School seniors to walk across the stage to get their diplomas.

“We (Glenrock School District) worked with Converse County Health Officer Dr. Mark Campbell to come up with a plan that will be in line with social distancing requirements,” Glenrock School District Superintendent Coley Shadrick said.

Graduation is planned for Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m., at the Glenrock High School football field – weather permitting.

“We have back up options if the weather doesn’t cooperate,” Shadrick said.

If the weather won’t work on Sunday afternoon then the administration will have the option to hold the commencement exercises Saturday either at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m., or Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

“If we need to change the date or time due to the weather, the final decision will be made Friday by 3 p.m.,” Shadrick said.

“Information will be emailed, posted on the Herder Pride and Converse County School District #2 websites.”

The graduating Class of 2020 and staff members will sit in the home side bleachers at the football field; parents and their guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on on the field for the duration of the event. The opponent’s side bleachers may also be used if preferred, Shadrick explained.

Observing social distancing requirements, parents and guests are expected to spread out from other families and maintain a minimum of six feet distance as recommended by state and county public health departments.

“There will be limited handicapped parking available near the opponent’s side bleachers,” Shadrick said. “Guests will need to call the office at 436-9201 to reserve a parking spot.”

Skyla Lee photography will be on hand to provide free photos of the graduates for social media with prints available to purchase.

Radio station KKTY will provide live coverage of the ceremony and NFHS, the school’s online streaming network, will be streaming the ceremony live at

Each of the 41 graduates are allowed to bring up to six guests to the field, which is the amount of guests that the county health department has approved, according to Shadrick.

The required graduation practice is Thursday at 2 p.m. with students reporting to the GHS commons area. Practice on the field will be from 2-3 p.m. with a graduation meal served at 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard, which is for the senior class only.

“Students can come to the practice in casual dress. Only graduates are invited to the graduation meal after the practice,” Shadrick confirmed.

Final grades are due by May 21 and if no grade is available the student won’t be able to walk across the stage.

In addition, details for scholarship night have changed.

“Our scholarship night has been moved to a virtual presentation this Friday on the Herder Pride Facebook page,” Shadrick said.

“A senior slide show will follow the scholarship program.”

For more information contact Glenrock High School at 307-436-9201.


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