Tennessee Wesleyan University is planning to hold its 2019-2020 graduation ceremony this weekend.

The ceremony was originally delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is now set for Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. on Colloms Lawn. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to McMinn County High School and all times will remain the same.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our rain location is no longer available for our use,” stated a news release about the event. “As a result, if it rains, we will have the ceremony in Townsend Hall and only graduates, the platform party and a few VIP guests will be permitted to attend. We will livestream the ceremony and will have a photographer present. We are very sorry that this is the rain plan; however, we do not have access to an indoor facility large enough to accommodate graduates and your guests.”

To be in compliance with the governor’s newest executive order, guidelines have been set for the ceremony:

• Limit of four guests per graduate on the ceremony site. There will be four chairs set up throughout the graduation site for each graduate’s family. The chairs will allow for social distancing, but allows families to sit together. Participants are encouraged to not move chairs.

• Open areas outside of the site (Colloms Lawn) will be available for families to gather with their own chairs or blankets.

• Johnson Event Center (inside the Colloms Campus Center) will be set up to view the livestream, which will also be available live on YouTube. Seating will be limited due to social distancing and available first come, first seated.

• Guests should consider, in addition to COVID-19, that it will be warm outside in August.

Rehearsal for graduates will be at 5 p.m. in Townsend Auditorium. Graduates should arrive by 4:45 p.m. so to be seated and begin rehearsal on time.

They will need cap, gown and mask/face covering. Do not bring personal items as there is no storage.

All participants and guests should follow CDC guidelines for safety measures while on campus.

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