Kennady Allison

Before anyone was allowed in the auditorium, South Hardin High School Principal Mike Rundall took their temperature and asked them health questions. Senior Kennady Allison said she is OK with most of the restrictions in order to have an in person ceremony, though limiting the number of people will be tough.

The uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced event organizers to come up with contingency plans, and be flexible to adapt to a changing environment.

High schools are no different. With traditional end-of-the-school-year May commencement ceremonies off across the state, and no clear idea of when an in-person ceremony could be held, South Hardin administrators got to work on a virtual graduation as a back-up plan to honor the class of 2020. 

Alex Hassan

South Hardin graduate Alex Hassan is this year's valedictorian and even if they are able to hold an in person ceremony, Hassan will have to prerecord his address to his classmates. Hassan is leaving for the Army National Guard AIT training on June 11.

On film

Each graduating senior was filmed standing up and receiving their diploma from principal Mike Rundall, in the case that there will have to be a virtual commencement ceremony.

Kolby Winter

Over three days, South Hardin High School seniors were able to pick up their cap and gown and awards while also filming a segment where they receive their high school diploma - just in case they have to move from an in-person ceremony to a virtual one. Kolby Winter adjusts his cap before taking part on Tuesday morning.

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