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WATCH NOW: Drive-up graduation set for Horicon High School May 30

WATCH NOW: Drive-up graduation set for Horicon High School May 30

Horicon High School sets drive-up event May 30 for



HORICON — A non-traditional, yet certainly memorable, graduation ceremony Horicon High School plans drive-up event May 30 for graduates is being planned for the Horicon High School Class of 2020.

Students have been digitally distance learning since March when schools across the state were mandated to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The school year for the Horicon School District ends Friday.

After looking at data from a student survey and weighing several options, the Horicon School Board decided at its meeting Monday to hold commencement at 1 p.m., May 30, in the parking lot north of the new school building.

Honoring the graduates

A banner honoring the Class of 2020 hangs across Highway 33 in Horicon. Horicon High School is holding a non-traditional graduation ceremony May 30 due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“We feel that this option provides the opportunity for the graduates to be recognized as a class and individually while still practicing safe measures for all,” District Superintendent Rich Appel said in an email. “We found through our survey that this allows us also to recognize our graduates who will be leaving for military service training, start orientations at colleges or get too involved in new work experiences.”

Fifty-three graduates will have a preassigned parking stall for use by the graduate and parents/guardians. Other family members can park on the far end of the parking lot or on the street and bring lawn chairs to sit in the JV softball outfield adjacent to the parking lot or assigned parking space.

Graduates will remain in their car until it is time to receive diplomas. A designated chauffeur will drive each graduate in front of the new gym where they will go onto a stage. They’ll be introduced, pick up their diploma and then be chauffeured back to their vehicle.

The school board and administration will be seated on stage and the ceremony will include student speeches as in years past.

A professional photographer will be on site taking graduate photos. The ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for others to see.

“We are trying very hard to provide a meaningful, fun experience for our 2020 graduates and we feel that our plan does this. It will definitely be a different commencement, but we intend to honor our graduates and give them their own unique moment to shine on stage in front of their family and friends,” said Appel.

Following graduation, the families and their graduates will be escorted through Horicon by its police, EMS and fire department in their honor starting around 2 p.m.

The parade route is as follows: line up on Gray Street; turn onto Cedar Street, go past Van Brunt School; cross East Lake Street; turn right onto East Walnut Street; turn left onto North Palmatory Street; proceed around Discher Park; stay on North Hubbard Street; cross East Lake Street; stay on South Hubbard Street; turn left onto Gray Street; end at Horicon High School.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

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