LAUREL – As schools across the country continue to host size-limited graduations, the graduates from Laurel-Concord-Coleridge will be recognized this weekend.
The commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. from the main gym on the Laurel campus.
Superintendent of LCC, Jeremy Christiansen said the graduates and their families are excited to celebrate in bringing a closure to this past school year and career for the students.
“So, we have quite a few unique protocols and plans in place,” said Christiansen. “We developed in partnership with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department and we’re excited to have an in-person ceremony.”
There are 26 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge graduates as outgoing high school seniors should arrive by 1:30 p.m. and must adhere to social distancing requirements. The graduates will line up in the elementary activity area/north hallway. Once the ceremony beings at 2 p.m., Pomp & Circumstance will play as the seniors will enter the main gym and be seated.
LCC will be meeting the protocols for “Gatherings” under the Phase III Directed Health Measures (DHMs). Seating, doors, restrooms and common surfaces will be sanitized using CDC recommended cleaning and sanitizing practices before and after Saturday’s ceremony. Water fountains will be closed to public use.
Christiansen added he’s appreciated all the partnerships.
“Not only with our area school districts and the administrators and staff from those,” Christiansen added. “There’s been great partnership and communication and sharing of information. But also, with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.”
The gym capacity is normally 1,600 but with 50% of indoor gatherings, it’ll be restricted to 800 people in attendance. Each of the graduates will be allowed to invite 28 family members (728) while there will also be two junior class attendants; four school administrators; nine members of the LCC Board of Education; 26 LCC high school faculty and staff (no spouses or family members); four sophomore class ushers and a member of the media.
Also, for those who will be attending, they must have a ticket. Once families enter through door number one (main entrance) Christiansen mentioned families will be asked to make their way to the gym area.
“We will have markings for social distancing reminders and expectations,” Christiansen mentioned. “We have ushers who have been trained and directed to take guests to designated seating areas that are grouped by family group.”
Tickets were available for students and families to pick up from the LCC Central Office starting on Monday, July 6 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Family groups no larger than eight individuals per group will be seated together in the main gym with each family being separated by at least six feet.
Also, for those unable to attend graduation in person, the ceremony will be streamed on the LCC Striv channel (https://striv.tv/channel/laurel-concord-coleridge/).
LCC would like to thank everyone for their support through the graduation process. They understand that these modifications may result in hardships for some families, however given the circumstances everyone has faced over the past several months, administration is extremely excited to be able to host graduation.