Fayette County high schools plan graduation ceremonies

Fayette County’s high school seniors will get a virtual graduation ceremony in May and perhaps an in-person one in August.

The school system announced Wednesday that each high school will broadcast a virtual graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 22, featuring videotaped student speeches, senior awards and a reading of the graduates’ names while their photos are scrolled. A virtual senior honors night for students and parents will be held sometime before May 20.

The county is also designating July 31-Aug. 1 as Senior Weekend, when activities specific to each school will take place on that Friday. Live commencement exercises will be held at each high school’s stadium at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1 if the state and county emergency restrictions have been lifted by then, and if the state and county health departments have deemed such mass gatherings safe.

If social distancing restrictions remain in place in August, the in-person ceremonies will not take place, a spokesperson said.