There will be no temperature checks, but six-foot social distancing will be enforced, students must wear masks when entering Tatlock Field, and staff will be on-hand to sanitize the facilities as the Summit High School Class of 2020 -- divided into two sections by alphabet -- will finally get their day in the sun via a pair of commencement ceremonies on July 9.
Both 9 a.m. (last name A-L) and 11 a.m. ceremonies (M-Z) are scheduled, each with an abbreviated program that will include student speeches and the distribution of diplomas. Each graduate received two tickets for guests -- who are "strongly recommended" to wear masks -- to attend the specific ceremony in which they are participating, with bleachers on the home and visitors side of the field marked with locations for guests to sit. A rain date of July 10 is reserved.
Other unique elements resulting from the pandemic and associated, state-imposed health safety regulations include a livestream of the ceremony and a digital graduation program. According to the Summit Public School District, a hardcopy of the graduation program will be mailed to each graduate’s house later in the summer, an "Alumni Gathering and Yearbook Signing" will be held on January 5, 2021, and a one-year class reunion will take place in June 2021.
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