Meigs County High School will host its graduation ceremony on Saturday at 8 p.m. on Jewell Field.

The ceremony was delayed from its original May date due to the coronavirus pandemic, but school officials have noted that they were committed to having a ceremony.

“Meigs County Schools is excited to honor the Meigs County High School Class of 2020,” stated a news release about the ceremony.

“This group has overcome unheard of trials and has persevered to make Meigs County proud.”

Meigs County Schools will follow all guidelines and recommendations set forth by the State of Tennessee and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) during graduation and graduation practice events. These guidelines include social distancing and the recommendation of masks for guests, graduates and faculty. MCHS seniors will be required to attend graduation practice on Friday, June 19, at 9 a.m. in order to participate in the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 20. The following guidelines will be observed:

• Students will need to arrive before 9 a.m. to have their temperature taken before entering the stadium.

• Seniors must attend the practice or they will not be able to participate in graduation.

• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, are running a fever or have tested positive for COVID-19, you cannot attend practice or the graduation ceremony.

• If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you have to complete a 14-day quarantine and have had a test stating you are negative for, or you will not be able to participate in both practice and graduation.

Seniors will need to line up for the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The gates will open at 7 p.m. for guests. All guests must have a ticket to enter the football stadium and there will be no passes out upon entry. Tickets were given to students during packet pickups in May and each student received eight tickets. Social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks are highly recommended for all those in attendance. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis and social distancing of six feet apart must be maintained. Designated areas for seating (six feet apart) will be marked on the bleachers for seating. No one will be allowed on the football field except for graduates and pre-approved school personnel.

For those who cannot attend, the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed on the Meigs County Schools Facebook page starting at 8 p.m. on June 20. The ceremony will also be broadcast on FM Station 91.1.

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