Four Story County school districts are anticipating Commencement ceremonies to take place in coming months, though the county’s recent spike in cases has caused some plans to change.
This week, however, the Colo-NESCO is planning to hold the Commencement ceremony scheduled this Sunday at 2 p.m., Brandon Kelley, principal at Colo-NESCO confirmed.
“Students will be spaced six feet apart on the gym floor and family members will be practicing social distance in the bleachers,” Kelley wrote in an emailed statement to the Ames Tribune. “Each graduate is limited to 10 guests. There will be no handshakes during the diploma exchange.”
According to Kelley, a total of 35 Colo-NESCO seniors will graduate during Sunday’s ceremony.
The Roland-Story school district will also hold a Commencement ceremony for students at the Roland-Story High School beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to an online release.
Over the past few days, both Ames and Nevada have announced adjustments to upcoming events for graduating seniors at the district.
Due to last week’s surge in COVID-19 cases, the Ames school district postponed their Commencement ceremony which was scheduled to take place at the Hilton Coliseum last Sunday.
While the district previously outlined additional options for the ceremony including a later date in July at Hilton, as well as hosting the ceremony at the Ames High School Football Stadium in August, no decision has been made, according to Eric Smidt, director of communications for Ames Community School District.
Like Ames, the Nevada school district also postponed an event for seniors due to social distancing guidelines.
On Monday, the Nevada school district issued an update regarding two events which were originally set to be held during the same weekend in July — a prom taking place on Friday, and the Commencement ceremony slated for Sunday.
In the online release, the Nevada school district announced plans to postpone prom until August, but will still hold Commencement at the Cubbs Stadium on Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m. The district will also decide whether the ceremony is held inside or outside on July 9.
Seniors will be allowed up to six tickets for guests and the ceremony is limited to ticket holders, though the ceremony will be livestreamed, the release outlines. Seating will also follow social distancing guidelines.
The decision to postpone prom was “due to current CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines and recommendations regarding social distancing,” the district wrote in an online release on Monday.
“Pending further CDC & IDPH guidelines and recommendations, prom will be held on Friday August 7th,” according to the online release. “This decision will be finalized by Friday, July 31st.”
Commencement ceremonies have already been held for Ballard, Gilbert, and Collins-Maxwell school districts over Memorial weekend.