Beaufort Academy to hold live, outdoor graduation June 13

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From staff reports

Beaufort Academy announced on its Facebook page on Monday, May 18 that the school will give its 22 graduating seniors “a live in-person outdoor ceremony that they have long envisioned” on at 10 a.m. June 13 at the Beaufort Academy football field. 

Beaufort County public schools are not currently planning to hold live, outdoor graduation ceremonies for their graduates.

“In the safest manner possible, BA graduates will be able to walk across the stage and have the chance to celebrate their high school achievements in front of their closest family members. In efforts to follow proper protocol, a limited number of tickets will be given out to keep our guest list small. You must have a ticket to attend the event,” the statement reads. “The outdoor ceremony will be streamed through Facebook Live to allow extended family members, friends, and fellow BA students to view the ceremony online.”

The release states guidelines from the governor, DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control will be followed. Among those guidelines:

• All in attendance will have their temperature taken. Guests with a fever will not be admitted.
• Individuals who have a temperature, or are sick must remain home.
• Each graduate will receive (6) guest tickets.
• Ticketed guests will sit in pre-marked areas to allow for 6-feet social distancing.
• Guests are required to remain in the marked areas for the entire ceremony.
• Guests in attendance are advised to bring and wear a face covering.
• Restrooms will not be available for use.
• Graduates will be seated at least six feet apart across a stage on the football field.
• No handshaking or hugging will take place.
• Microphones will be thoroughly sanitized after each speaker.
• Graduates and guests must refrain from gathering in groups throughout our campus including the football field and parking lot, before and after the ceremony.
• Chairs will be properly disinfected before and after use.