Graduation plans announcedCommencement plans have been announced for the Jesup High School Class of 2020.
The first choice is for the entire class to gather in the South Gym for graduation exercises on Sunday, June 7 at 2 pm. In order to comply with health and social distancing guidelines from the State of Iowa and Buchanan County, guests may be limited to parents and siblings, or possibly parents only. If those requirements cannot be met indoors, the ceremony would take place on the football field, weather permitting.
Principal Paul Rea commented on the importance of brothers and sisters to share in this recognition, as they are role models and mentors for each other. He also noted that four or five graduates are leaving for basic training with the military in June. If the ceremony cannot take place in June, those students would have to graduate in absentia.
If it is impossible to have the ceremony in June, it would be pushed back to Sunday, July 12 at 2 pm, either in the South Gym or football field.
If it is impossible to have the ceremony in June or July, the ceremony would take place on Sunday, August 2 at 2 pm, either in the South Gym or football field.
Regardless of when or where the ceremony is held, it will be streamed on the J-Hawk Sports Network.
Conditions regarding COVID-19 are constantly changing. Watch the school’s Facebook page or website to stay up to date on all school events.
Way back when everyone thought this was going to be a normal year, traditional JHS graduation exercises were planned for Sunday, May 17 at 2 pm. Because of state and county regulations necessitated by COVID-19, that time slot took on a different celebratory style. Sixth Street was lined with banners containing the photo of every graduate. Grads stood under their banners in caps and gowns, and received congratulations from friends and family in the form of loud honking and waving as they cruised by in cars.
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