April 28, 2020
Dear Graduating Seniors and Families,
I never dreamed that we would conclude the 2020 school year like this, but here we are. I had so looked forward to addressing this graduating class the way it has been done for so long now. I am still looking forward to that moment, but obviously, we have to adapt to the circumstances. That is a lesson in life that we all must learn at some time.
I want to keep you informed of how Somerset High School plans to celebrate this accomplishment. The following are a list of graduation events, recognitions, and instructions to help with this process. This document will be emailed to all students as well for easy access of links to documents, e-mails, or maps.
? April 28 and 29 -- Caps and gowns (with a $0 balance from Herff Jones), senior yard signs, academic regalia for KYA, academic readiness, and career readiness (NHS, BETA, Governor’s Scholar, and Roger’s Scholar regalia will be distributed when received at SHS)
? Week of April 27 -- Spring Sports Seniors’ pictures will be placed in the windows of Somerset High School (facing College Street)
? May 1 -- Nominees for Prom court will have been selected by this date with voting for King and Queen from May 1 through May 7. The winners will be announced on May 9. ? April 27 -- May 8 - Seniors contribute to the Graduate Book (click on this link to access).
? Seniors will each have a ½ page to add 1-2 school appropriate pictures along with their comments, advice, etc. to the class of 2020 (click on the link using your school Google account to contribute)
? May 12 and May 13 - filming Baccalaureate service at FBC. Details forthcoming from Student Council representatives.
? May 13 (1pm-5pm), May 14 (9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm), May 15 (9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm) - filming graduates in caps & gowns on stage receiving diploma covers, and moving tassels ? Students must sign up for a specific time by May 12 at 5pm. (link to sign up for time slot) OR call the school 678-4721 to schedule your time. Any student that has not chosen a time by the deadline will be assigned a time and contacted by the school with the given time slot.
? Only immediate family members may come with graduate.
? If graduate doesn’t have cap/gown/academic regalia, these items will be available to borrow and will be disinfected between each use.
? Participants shall park in the senior lot and remain in their car until notified by school personnel to enter the building where social distancing guidelines must be followed.
? May 15 - Awards/Honors night slide show will be released on the high school Facebook page, website, and school YouTube channel.
? Any senior receiving an academic and/or service scholarship must send a copy of their award letter to the guidance office or to Ms. Jenkins to be included on the Awards/Honors night slide show.
? Please notify the guidance office or Ms. Jenkins if you have enlisted in any branch of the military to be included on the Awards/Honors night slide show.
? If participants do not wish to have their name or information published please contact Ms. Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-4721 between 8am-1pm.
? May 17 - Baccalaureate video released at 7pm - This will be released on the high school Facebook page, website, and school YouTube channel.
? If you have not turned in pictures for the baccalaureate slide show, please email to email@example.com by May 10th.
? Again, if participants do not wish to have their name or information published please contact Ms. Jenkins or call 678-4721 between 8am-1pm. ? May 22 - Graduate Parade (link to route) (pending State Highway Dept. approval)
? Graduate’s cars will assemble at Meece parking lot pre-decorated (if you wish to do so & please do this in good taste) prior to 5:55pm
? All graduates must stay inside vehicles throughout the process
? Parade will begin at 6pm
? All spectators are advised to park along the parade route and remain in their vehicles. If parking is not available along the route, spectators shall abide by social distancing recommendations, staying at least 6 feet apart.
? May 22 - Graduation video released at 7pm on the Somerset High School website, FaceBook page, & school YouTube channel.
? Again, if participants do not wish to have their name or information published please contact Ms. Jenkins or call 678-4721 between 8am-1pm.
We are holding out hope for an in-person recognition ceremony later in the summer (in addition to the events listed above) if government regulations permit. However, we feel that it is important to not wait too long to confer diplomas upon you so that we do not limit your opportunities as you seek employment, military, or college opportunities and thus made the decision to give diplomas to seniors in May rather than wait and potentially keep you from opportunities requiring a diploma. We are also hoping for an in-person Project Graduation celebration if permitted. If this is not a possibility, an alternate means of giving away Project Graduation prizes will be communicated by Student Council representatives as soon as possible.
Seniors, we miss you and truly hate that things are the way they are, but we are striving to do everything within our grasp to honor and recognize the Class of 2020 to give you back some of the moments and opportunities that may have been otherwise missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for updates and announcements which will be made on our website, Facebook page, and/or OneCall. Feel free to contact the high school with any questions.
Wishing you all the best,
Somerset High School