Generically, the term “pomp and circumstance” describes a ceremony of grandeur, a very formal celebration (according to the website ‘Grammarist’). However, in the United States, the term “pomp and circumstance” almost exclusively refers to graduation ceremonies from high school or college. Whatever the original meaning may be, the “circumstances” of this year’s high school graduations in Wayne County, as well as other high schools around the country, are much different than any of us ever expected!
Although delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, high school graduations in Wayne County will take place next week in Clifton, Collinwood, and Waynesboro. The commencement ceremonies are scheduled as follows:
•Frank Hughes High School (Clifton) – Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 – 6:00 p.m. – FHS Gymnasium
•Collinwood High School – Thursday, June 11th, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Pat Brewer Stadium
•Wayne County High School (Waynesboro) – Friday, June 12th, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – Guy Buchanan Stadium
Wayne County Director of Schools Marlon Davis stated that the graduation ceremonies will not be cancelled due to rain; therefore, in case of rain, attendees of the ceremonies in Collinwood and Waynesboro should come prepared for inclement weather.
Each graduate from Collinwood High School and Wayne County High School will be issued SIX tickets for family members and friends who wish to attend the graduation ceremonies. If a graduate does not need all six tickets, he or she may give their extras to another graduate if needed. Tickets will NOT be given to Frank Hughes graduates due to the smaller class size.
Superintendent Davis said that all efforts will be made to promote the health and safety of all graduates and attendees. Each graduation site will have marked entry and exit points, and social distancing is strongly encouraged as much as is practical. Masks will be available for anyone who wishes to wear one, but will not be required. Each graduation ceremony will be live streamed on social media, and videos of the ceremonies will be made available at a later time.
These graduating seniors have certainly had a new and unexpected experience for the latter part of their senior year, and the loss of activities that have always come with it. Although these commencement ceremonies are a little later than originally planned, and definitely being held under different circumstances, all of these graduating seniors are to be congratulated for their accomplishments and the way they have gracefully dealt with all the unplanned circumstances of their senior year!