YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Details are still being finalized, but a parade for Lakeland's graduating seniors is planned for June 6.
In a video update, Lakeland High School Principal Christopher Cummings thanked the community for its ideas and said graduation plans are still being hammered out.
"As a school district we are bound by many parameters when making these difficult decisions and we know that everyone will not always be happy, "Cummings said. "However, we are happy with are latest plan and are looking forward to putting together a chance to acknowledge our seniors for their hard work over the years."
On Monday, May 11, Lakeland Superintendent Dr. George Stone announced that after feedback from the community, the district has decided to hold graduation ceremonies at auditoriums in each of the high schools.
“Our current plan is now to hold the ceremonies at the schools, in the auditorium at Lakeland and the Performing Arts Center at Walter Panas with students and their parents coming in one at a time, receiving their diploma, having pictures taken and then exiting,” Stone said. “Other activities may also be planned, but this will be the most important event. Keep in mind that there is still an order to keep gatherings very small, so there would be only a few distinguished guests allowed in for the ceremony. All of the students walking would be live-streamed so that relatives and friends can watch and also videotape. Then, along with various remarks, a final graduation video would also be produced. This would allow us to have students walk but in a safe and orderly way.
"The school community and parents could be involved in decorating the front of the schools and possibly the auditorium that would be used for the graduation walk.”
Stone said this will likely happen on Saturday, June 20 and Saturday, June 27.
He added that it is necessary for everyone will have to move forward with “tempered expectations” and any final decisions will be dependent on if they have permission to proceed.
Yorktown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ron Hattar said that the district is still planning end of the year celebrations.
“We are in the midst of very challenging circumstances and governmental orders that provide us limited options to structure these events, however, in spite of these circumstances, our school leadership teams have developed ceremonies that will celebrate our students and their accomplishments,” Hattar said.
He said that plans for kindergarten to eighth grade will be finalized in early June while plans for the class of 2020 will be shared during a video conference at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.