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5/20/2020 8:27:00 AM
Graduation Update
West Lincoln High School Graduation 2015(Lincoln Herald File Photo)
West Lincoln High School
Graduation 2015

(Lincoln Herald File Photo)

Lincoln County Schools
Press Release

Lincoln County Schools Board of Education approved changes to the Class of 2020 Graduation Commencement at their meeting on Tuesday May 12th. Students at the four traditional high schools are scheduled to participate in graduation ceremonies on May 29th and 30th.

In order to provide a graduation ceremony in congruence with North Carolina Governor’s Executive Order 121, each high school administrator prepared a modified plan in which graduates will participate in the commencement ceremony for their respective school on May 29th or 30th.

The ceremonies are as follows:

Friday May 29, 2020 

8:00 am - 5:00 pm           Lincolnton High School        

8:00 am - 7:00 pm          East Lincoln High School

7:00 pm                         West Lincoln High School 

7:30 pm                         North Lincoln High School 

Saturday May 30, 2020

8:00 am - 5:00 pm          Lincolnton High School

8:00 am - 7:00 pm           East Lincoln High School

Lincolnton High and East Lincoln High will both conduct individualized staggered graduation ceremonies over two days by appointment times.  Both ceremonies will have a ticket allotment per graduating senior to allow for up to 6 or 7 guests (depending on the school) to witness the individual graduation for their senior.  The restriction is based on the Phase 1 reopening conditions set by the Governor's Executive Order. 

In order to maintain the feel of a traditional ceremony, both schools will be pre-recording the ‘normal’ ceremonial events, including speeches and welcomes from various officials and students. 

West Lincoln High will conduct a ‘drive-in’ style ceremony as defined by the NC Department of Public Instruction.  Families will arrive and remain seated in their vehicles which will allow for minimal physical engagement.  This will allow for safe pathways for the graduates to be able to access the stage area and safely collect their diplomas.  Each graduating senior at West Lincoln will be allowed one vehicle to attend with no additional vehicles allowed on campus.  Photographers will be on site to capture the moment and the school will follow up with details about how to acquire any needed photographs.  

West Lincoln High will have a back-up plan for any weather-related delay.  If weather delays the ceremony for West Lincoln High, the school will move their graduation ceremony to Saturday at 9 am using the same format.

North Lincoln High will release a virtual graduation video on YouTube and social media at 7:30 pm on Friday May 29th.  This online graduation video will be compiled using spliced footage of graduates receiving diplomas, cap/gown photos, speeches, and candid photos from events during the school year.

District and school administrators have met multiple times to review a variety of options.  The format of approved options available included a drive-in, drive-through/parade, individualized, or virtual commencement ceremony.

At a meeting Friday May 15th, the Lincoln County Board of Education also approved  a traditional graduation ceremony to occur on July 31st or August 1st for the high schools pending any Executive Order restrictions.  All details about this event will be shared later in the summer once Phase 2 restrictions are known and possibly lifted.

“We are looking forward to honoring the Class of 2020.  Graduation is an important milestone”, said Dr. Lory Morrow, Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools.  “This Spring has presented unexpected twists and turns to the path for these graduates but they have persevered and continued to make us proud of how they responded to these uncertain times.  We are excited for their future.”

Graduating seniors will be contacted by their high school with details about the event and preparations needed beforehand.  Please check the school webpage and social media platforms for continued updates and information.

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