School closings amidst the coronavirus pandemic have meant seniors have missed such things as their final sporting events, performing arts presentations and prom.
Noblesville High School is doing its part to make sure its seniors still have some special memories of their final days and graduation.
“I’m so proud of this year’s senior class, not only for their accomplishments and contributions to NHS, but for their perseverance during this disappointing end to their high school careers,” NHS Principal Craig McCaffrey said. “I want them to know how much the NHS staff cares for them and that we wish them the best as they move on to new adventures. They will always have a home as Millers.”
A virtual graduation ceremony will be conducted at 3 p.m. June 6, which was the date and time of the original ceremony at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The online location for the streaming graduation will be announced at a later date.
The ceremony will include the same components as the in-person ceremony, such as speeches, certification of graduates, individual student recognition and tassel turning. District officials are encouraging families to have viewing parties that follow appropriate social distancing guidelines to make the event special for their seniors. Seniors are encouraged to wear their cap, gown, medal and tassel and participate in the virtual ceremony so photos can be taken after the ceremony.
There will be a senior celebration drive-thru June 1, which will allow faculty and staff to celebrate the class and wave goodbye. Seniors will do a campus drive-thru. For the drive-thru, each senior will be permitted to have one vehicle, which they can decorate in order to make the occasion more festive. Family members can join the seniors in the vehicle, but everyone will be required to stay in their single vehicle.
In July, NHS tentatively plans to set up a graduation stage and allow graduates and their families to schedule a time to come into the school for a photo opportunity. It would be an optional scheduled event for each graduate. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has closed all school buildings through June 30.
In the fall, NHS tentatively plans to honor the Class of 2020 by completing a celebration walk through the school halls. A senior cookout would follow. In addition, there is a tentative plan to honor the Class of 2020 during homecoming in the fall.
NHS has been making the seniors feel special by having teachers personally deliver free yard signs to the homes of all seniors.
This month, the district has been honoring seniors through Facebook and Twitter shoutouts submitted by their parents. There are banners hanging in downtown Noblesville honoring the senior class and senior spring athlete banners hanging along Ind 32 near Dunker baseball field. The district is creating a special senior class video with the students’ own voices. A senior parent group organized an online “adopt a senior” initiative to spread gifts and cheer.