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Harnett County Schools Graduation Experience 2020

Harnett County Schools Graduation Experience for The Class of 2020 

Update May 21, 2020

Lillington, NC - After reviewing the Phase 2 guidelines of our state's reopening plan, Harnett County Schools has decided to expand our Senior Ceremonies to the football stadiums at each high school.  Dressed in caps and gowns, each graduate will receive their diploma with up to fifteen (15) family members present to help celebrate this amazing milestone in their lives.  We hope that our graduates and their families will appreciate the opportunity to celebrate this accomplishment in an open, familiar venue while observing the current guidelines in place.  If inclement weather occurs, ceremonies will be moved indoors and the number of family members participating with their graduate will be reduced to seven (7).  As soon as COVID-19 state regulations allow, a full traditional graduation ceremony will be scheduled. 

 

Harnett County Schools Graduation Experience for The Class of 2020

May 18, 2020

LILLINGTON, NC – Harnett County Schools announced alternative celebrations for the Class of 2020 under public health and state guidelines. Central Services administrators, along with high school principals, have explored several feasible alternatives celebrating the Class of 2020. 

Following the COVID-19 Guidance on High School Graduation Ceremonies issued by the State Board of Education, Harnett County Schools will adhere to the North Carolina Executive Order No. 121. The order directs individuals to physically stay at least six (6) feet apart and bans gatherings of more than ten (10) people. Harnett County Schools will honor our high school seniors with two celebrations, Class of 2020 “Be The Light” Nights and Senior Ceremonies.  High schools will implement the same experience district-wide to ensure appropriate guidelines are followed. 

Depending upon the evolving COVID-19 rules, restrictions, orders, and guidance that affect our state, a full traditional graduation ceremony may take place in the Summer/Fall of this year. Harnett County Schools Superintendent Aaron Fleming stated: “Our seniors had to endure a lot this year, and I want to be sure we celebrate our seniors with having the opportunity to have a full graduation ceremony later this Summer/Fall.”   

 

Harnett County Schools Class of 2020 “Be The Light” Night

 

Harnett County Schools will honor the Class of 2020 at high school stadiums across the district on May 27, 2020. “Be The Light” Nights will take place at high school football stadiums, and scoreboards will light up at 8:20 pm EST (20:20 UTC) to highlight the Class of 2020. This experience will allow seniors to dress in their caps and gowns, decorate their cars, and drive through their campus.  While the end to a senior year is not what they imagined it would be, an event such as “Be The Light” Night will leave a positive memory to the end of their high school experience. 

 

Harnett County Schools Senior Ceremonies

Senior Ceremonies are designed for each member of the Class of 2020 to have an individualized graduation experience where they will receive their diploma with select family members present to help celebrate the end of their high school journey.  Our traditional high schools will complete their Senior Ceremonies during a four (4) day window concluding on their original graduation date.  

Harnett County Schools has worked diligently to ensure that the Class of 2020 is celebrated for their hard work.  School principals will share the logistics details with parents and guardians regarding each celebration. An overview of the district-wide Graduation Experience 2020 is below:

 

Harnett County Schools Class of 2020 “Be The Light” Nights 

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time: 20:20 (8:20 pm)

Location(s): Football Stadiums at Harnett Central High, Triton High, Overhills High, Western Harnett High Schools

 

Harnett County Early College Senior Ceremony

Date:  Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 

Time: 6:00pm 

Location: Harnett County Early College

 

Harnett Central High School Senior Ceremonies

Date(s):  Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location:  Harnett Central High School

 

Western Harnett High School Senior Ceremonies

Date(s):  Monday, June 8th, 2020 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Location:  Western Harnett High School

 

Triton High School Senior Ceremonies

Date(s):  Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 - Friday, June 12th, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location:  Triton High School

 

Overhills High School Senior Ceremonies

Dates(s): Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 - Friday, June 12th, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Location:  Overhills High School



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