SHS Graduation Exercises
Graduation Day - Class of 2020
• Sheyenne High School > May 31 @ 4:00 PM @ SHS Football Field
Our students have been in school for 12 years, and they deserve a chance to wear their cap and gown, hear the speeches and musical selections, receive their diploma, and see their classmates and teachers. The organization of tightly coordinated in-person ceremonies provide them with these opportunities, even though many things will be different than what we’ve traditionally seen at graduation.
Safety is and always has been top priority in our decision making, and to make a large gathering like graduation happen, we quickly learned that the planning process needs to involve many partners in order to ensure a smooth execution. With the help of Essentia, screenings will be provided for individuals attending the ceremony; the district is working with local companies to source face masks; and social distancing will be visually indicated at all venues to ensure strict adherence to CDC guidelines. We are exploring how to offer a virtual graduation practice to our senior students, so they know what to expect on the day of graduation.
The district will have both a videographer and photographer onsite to help capture the ceremonies. The events will be livestreamed by the company the district hires, but all media outlets will also be invited to broadcast if they would like. The district is committed to providing these opportunities to allow as many people as possible to view the ceremonies from an alternate location.
In closing, we recognize that there were key pieces of information missing from Supt. Slette’s message today. That was purposeful, as we shared only what we currently know. As we continue to dig into the precautions we need to have in place for the safety of all possible attendees, we will be able to share additional insight into things like virtual opportunities for students unable to attend in-person, the number of and logistics of having guests, personal protective equipment, use of restrooms, and other questions. We ask for your continued patience as we make these critically important decisions with our team and community partners.