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Graduation update for Homer class of 2020

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(This post is being updated with information on ceremonies for other school districts in Cortland County)


A socially distanced outdoor graduation for Homer High School seniors is set for June 27 on Butts Field, with special guidelines in place from state and local health departments regarding COVID-19.

Five individual ceremonies are planned for up to 30 students each, with no more than four additional attendees allowed per graduate.

“We have continued to work to develop a graduation ceremony for the Homer Class of 2020 that incorporates suggestions from seniors and families and complies with guidance from state and local government,” said Homer HS principal Douglas Van Etten. “We know that changes in what can be allowed in public activities can sometimes happen quickly.”

Specific times on the ceremonies are being assigned based on the order of diplomas presented. More information will be mailed directly to families after June 22.

Delivering speeches are the Class President, Salutatorian, Valedictorian and Class Speaker.

Each ceremony will be broadcast live on the district website and a digital presentation will be released afterwards that includes all students presented with a diploma.

In case of inclement weather, district officials say the events would be held on the next available date.


Expectations for participating in the ceremony include:

Students and families park in the parking lot as directed and report to the stadium. Family members of the same household may sit together in the home bleachers. Seating for students will be on the track in front of the bleachers.

All family members and anyone at the ceremony must wear a mask or face covering at all times.

While having a photo taken or when crossing the stage a student may choose to temporarily remove their mask.

To avoid congregations, NO restroom access or refreshments will be available.

Seniors and family members who display symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or have been in close or proximate contact with someone with symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 are not permitted to attend the ceremony.

Seniors and families will be provided with more specific information on procedures for their involvement in the ceremony the week prior to it (June 22).

If a family has needs for accessible seating or other questions, these may be directed to the High School Administration office at 607.749.1208.

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