**The plans outlined below are subject to change based on state and local regulations. This post will be updated as needed to reflect necessary changes.
POST UPDATED: Monday, May 25, 2020
We want to begin by thanking the many students, parents, and community members who reached out to us in the past week to share thoughts, opinions, and creative ideas about ways to celebrate the Class of 2020.
Concord High School administrators and district leaders have been in contact with Elkhart County Health Department officials and have developed a plan to hold an in-person graduation event on the high school campus at Jake Field. This plan, which must be approved by health department officials, will adhere to the guidelines outlined in Governor Eric Holcomb’s multi-phase reopening plan.
It is our desire to offer a safe opportunity for families to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, in addition to the virtual ceremony that is currently underway. Please note: We will continue with plans to air the virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29. Stay tuned for more details!
A tentative date is Monday, July 20. There will not be a rain date.
We understand the desire to have a traditional graduation ceremony with all graduates and families gathered in one location, but we have been informed that such an event will not be approved by the Elkhart County Health Department. As you might expect, an approved plan will mean an abbreviated commencement ceremony with some restrictions designed to ensure the safety of those who attend.
At this time, we want to share a few important details that must be included in the plan. More information will be provided once the plan has been approved.
- Guests will be limited to 2 per graduate to allow for social distancing.
- We must group the Class of 2020 into smaller segments.
- Approximately 40 students will participate in each session.
- Families will need to exit the campus after their student completes their walk across the stage in an effort to avoid a large group exiting at the same time.
- Individuals will be required to wear a face mask or covering.
- Recorded music will be utilized.
Any updates/additional requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the governor’s office, or Elkhart County health officials could alter the event, even leading to the unfortunate cancelation.
Students will receive information to their Concord email accounts this week. A favorable response is needed to move forward. RSVPs will be required by Friday, June 5, in order to share the total number of participants with the health department. By Friday, July 3, families will be required to provide the names of guests and sign a waiver.
The tentative Concord High School Class of 2020 in-person commencement will be optional and we understand there may be graduates and families who do not feel comfortable with a group gathering of any size. We encourage those individuals to participate in the virtual ceremony that will be aired at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29.
As always, any decision we make will be with the safety of our students, staff, and community in mind. We anticipate and will require families to adhere to very specific guidelines from the local health department for the safety of everyone involved.