Darlington County Schools will conduct an in-person graduation ceremony for school district's four high schools, on June 2, 2020.
Hartsville High School, Darlington High School, and Lamar High School, will hold their graduation ceremonies at their football stadiums on the morning of Tuesday, June 2nd, at 9:00 AM.
Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology, will hold graduation ceremonies at Darlington High School's stadium at 11:30AM.
If there is inclement weather, graduations will be rescheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd.
According to a release from the Darlington County School District:
“We know how important a graduation ceremony is for our students and families. Over the past few weeks, we have explored dozens of ideas for graduation ceremonies,” said Dr. Tim Newman, district superintendent. “It is an experience of a lifetime, but we are in times like no other. We are trying to provide a memorable experience in a safe, healthy environment, while following the guidelines of the Governor, DHEC, and the state department of education.”
The in-person graduation ceremonies will also be live-streamed. Each high school will also offer a special virtual graduation program as a backup and keepsake for graduating seniors.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new public health guidelines will be implemented and enforced. All graduates will receive two (2) tickets for friends and family, as per SC Dept of Education guidelines. Each attendee must sit in pre-marked/assigned seating, which will be 6 feet apart in the stands. Seating will be assigned in a lottery drawing system. Attendees, will be encouraged to wear masks, and those that do not have masks may be provided one at the graduation ceremony. Hand washing stations/hand sanitizer will be available at the stadiums. Graduation will be live-streamed for those that cannot attend.