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Widefield, Fountain schools announce graduation plans


Last updated 5/15/2020 at 11:12am

Both local school districts will have virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies for their high school seniors. However, ALL in-person ceremony plans are subject to final state approval.

Widefield School District 3 said its in-person graduation ceremonies will be a little earlier than originally anticipated now that the county has approved a process for such gatherings. Initially, the schools were to have a virtual ceremony on June 12, with a potential in-person event sometime in July.

Because the virtual program will be accessible to all, and much of the preparation work has already gone into it, that will go on as planned on June 12 at 7 p.m. for all high schools in the district. This online event will include pre-recorded speeches, photos and other video presentations. WSD3 will send out a link to seniors and their families earlier that week.

“When we scheduled that date, we did not think in-person was going to be allowed,” said Samantha Briggs, WSD3 Director of Communication.

In-person graduation ceremonies are optional.

“If students do not wish to come, they will be in the virtual graduation video we play at 7 p.m. on June 12,” Briggs said.

Mesa Ridge High School (MRHS)

DATE: Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m.

LOCATION: MRHS Football Field

Widefield High School (WHS)

DATE: Friday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: C.A. Foster Stadium at WHS

Discovery High School (DHS)

DATE: Friday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: C.A. Foster Stadium at WHS

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 is holding virtual graduation May 23 — the district’s originally planned graduation date.

The pre-recorded program will mimic the regular ceremony as closely as possible, said Christy McGee, FFC8 Director of Communications.

FFC8 began discussing the possibility of a live ceremony on June 6 some time ago as administrators monitored county and state guidance on potential applications for in-person events.

“Knowing this variance was a possibility, we began drafting a plan to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for FFCHS and Welte students at the FFCHS Stadium on June 6, 2020, at 9 a.m.,” the district said in a letter to families.

Because ceremonies must be held outdoors, FCC8 is proposing a backup date of June 8 just in case weather becomes a problem.

Students and staff have to maintain a distance of six feet and wear some type of face mask, officials said.

The in-person ceremonies are for students and staff only, as current rules regarding large gatherings still make it impossible for a large crowd.


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