Graduation Updates

Graduation Updates
Posted on 07/05/2020
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While it is our goal to ensure the health and safety of our students and community members during our new reality and to provide our graduates with the opportunity to view the formal graduation ceremony portion (speeches etc.), and cross the stage during “Roll Call” to receive their ceremonial diploma in the traditional manner and in front of their family, these safety measures will be in place:

Robes are mandatory for morning and afternoon ceremonies.

  • The graduation ceremony including the recognition of school district dignitaries, our Senior Class President’s welcome, principal and superintendent’s addresses, Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches, and all other recognitions and special awards, etc., will be recorded/live streamed and then made available for viewing via all district media outlets, social media platforms, YouTube, and on IRE TV.
  • Updated Information: After hearing and considering additional request from our families and graduates since the changes to graduation occurred due to the steep rise in COVID cases, Dr. Moore is providing an added provision for the formal graduation (speeches and formal program portion) to be viewed LIVE by our graduates ONLY from Shark Stadium home side seats, which will begin at 9AM on graduation day July 11th. Again, this is only offered to seniors/soon to be graduates who will be allowed to attend this presentation. Those graduates who choose to attend the AM ceremony may begin arriving to Shark stadium at 8:15AM and must be in place by 8:40AM. All graduates must wear masks during this presentation and observe social distancing in the bleacher seating which will be marked. Graduation Assistance Team members will begin checking graduates in at the main stadium gate at 8:15AM. Please plan to arrive early to leave time for the check in process which will include: Name checks, Temperature checks, Cap & Gown checks (free of any alteration, images or adornments), and masks. All graduates will be provided a mask if needed. For parents and families, and for roll call crossing of the stage, (names will be called at both ceremonies) we will continue with the plan to have the drive through roll call crossing of the stage beginning at 5:00PM on July 11th as well.
  • 5:00PM Roll Call Drive Through Event: Gates are open from 4:00PM to 4:40 PM. Only graduates will be allowed to exit their vehicles at the designated location to walk to the stage. The vehicle driver will then pull immediately in front of the stage as your graduate crosses the stage (only feet away from your vehicle). Family members will there/then have the opportunity to take photos from their vehicle at the front of the stage but may not leave their vehicle.
  • The Roll Call/Crossing of the Stage: Ceremony and Roll will be live streamed and aired on all the same social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook and IRE TV as the formal ceremony was earlier in the day.
  • Each graduate may have only one vehicle in the roll call processional, and again only the graduate may leave the vehicle. We are highly discouraging larger/longer vehicle…etc.; from entering the roll call processional, due to the sharp turns necessary to maneuver while entering and exiting the parking lot to ensure traffic continues to flow, as directed by the Indian River Sheriff Department. If larger vehicles are deemed a safety risk to the traffic flow, they will not be allowed to enter the front parking lot, which will limit the family’s ability to view their child’s walk across the stage.
  • The staging area for all vehicles will be through traffic patterns established by law enforcement within the student parking lots at the stadium, then moving through the parking lot by the V-Wing before entering the front parking lot area.
  • The long line of traffic moving throughout the campus parking lots to the front of the school, where the stage will be set will, and out to the main light all will be directed by law enforcement controlling the traffic lights, and helping to ensure the safe movement of vehicles.
  • For the live stream filming, the stage will be set along the edge of sidewalk at the main entrance of the school where the cameras will film from.
  • Graduates will need a driver other than themselves since the line of cars will drive through the front loop and each car will drop their graduate off before the stage ramp entrance, while family members etc. remain in the vehicle to take pictures as their graduate crosses the stage, and then pick their graduate back up at the exit ramp of the stage, and cars will then be directed out of the front parking lot.
  • It will be first come, for the graduation roll call parade line of vehicles, beginning at 5PM and everyone must be in line no later than 4:40PM that evening.
  • Diploma Pick-Up: Will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Sebastian River High School Bus Loop, as follows:
    • Last names beginning with A-J – Tuesday, July 14
    • Last names beginning with K-R – Wednesday, July 15
    • Last names beginning with S-Z – Thursday, July 16