Districts decide on in-person commencements

Most school districts to host semi-traditional graduation ceremonies while still following public health guidelines for the orange tier

TULARE COUNTY – After school districts were forced to host drive-thru graduation ceremonies last year, the traditional format is making a return. Beginning this week, high schools around Tulare County will host semi-traditional graduation ceremonies, where students will be socially distanced on the field and guests in the stands with limited tickets available per student.

Masks must be worn by all students, staff and guests at every ceremony. Ticket availability will vary by school, and will be determined by Tulare County’s COVID-19 tier assignment. Due to the limited number of tickets available, most districts will be live streaming the ceremony.

Exeter Unified

Exeter Union High School will be hosting their graduation ceremony on June 4 at 8 p.m. at Monarch Stadium. Each graduate will be able to have four guests who must all enter the stadium at the same time and sit together. It will be live streamed on the school’s YouTube channel named “Exeter Student News.”

Porterville Unified

Butterfield Charter High School will be holding their graduation ceremony on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Strathmore High School’s Spartan Stadium. Granite Hills will be on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Rankin Stadium. Citrus High School will be on June 3 at 6:45 p.m. on the school’s campus. Monache High School will be on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Rankin Stadium. Strathmore High School will be on June 3 at 8 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Harmony Magnet Academy will on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Porterville High School will be on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Rankin Stadium.

Students will get at least six tickets for guests. The ceremonies will be streamed on PUSD’s YouTube page, PortervilleSchools1, but they’ll likely have alternative channels available during times where multiple schools are graduating.

Tulare Joint Union

All three Tulare high schools will have their graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. at Bob Mathias Stadium. Each student will have tickets for four guests. Mission Oak High School will be on June 8 and will be streamed at https://url.tjuhsd.org/mohs-live. Tulare Western will be on June 9 and will be streamed at https://url.tjuhsd.org/twhs-live. Tulare Union will be on June 10 and will be streamed at https://url.tjuhsd.org/tuhs-live.

Woodlake Unified

Woodlake High School will host their graduation ceremony on June 4 at 8 p.m at Robinson-Painter Memorial Stadium. As of now, graduates will receive five tickets for guests but that could change if Tulare County moves out of the orange tier. A live stream is likely but still being determined by school administrators.

Farmersville Unified

Farmersville High School will host their graduation ceremony on June 2 at 7:30 p.m., at Gary L. Meek stadium. The number of tickets per graduate are still being determined. It will be live streamed on the school’s YouTube channel, Empire News.

Lindsay Unified

Lindsay High School will host their graduation ceremony on June 4 at 7:45 p.m. at Frank Skadan Stadium. Graduates will be allowed to invite two guests. The live stream is still in the works but will likely take place on the school’s Youtube channel, “DukeTV.”

Dinuba Unified

Dinuba High School will host their graduation ceremony on May 27 at 7 p.m. at Claud Herbert Field. Graduates will be given six tickets for guests and it will live stream on the school’s YouTube channel “D.E.T.V Emps.”

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified

Orosi High School will hold their graduation ceremony on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at George Millhorn Stadium. Students will be allowed up to five guests. The school is still working on having a live stream but will likely to be the school’s YouTube page, “OHS DVP.”

Visalia Unified

Tulare County’s largest school district has taken a different approach for their commencement ceremonies. Instead of limiting guests to just the parents of each student for a sit-down ceremony, Visalia Unified students selected a walk-thru ceremony allowing up to 10 guests per student. Nearly two thirds of all students selected this option through surveys sent out in April. Students were given time slots and with only 25 students and their guests allowed in the stadium at any given time. Mt. Whitney’s Class of 2021 will walk at Mineral King Bowl at 4 p.m. on June 1, El Diamante at 3 p.m. on June 3 and Redwood at 3 p.m. on June 4. Golden West students will walk into Community Stadium at 3 p.m. on June 2.

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