JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro High School seniors will not have to forego commencement.
The district announced that it would hold a virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21.
In a social media message, district administrators stated they had signed a contract with Herff-Jones on Monday to produce a virtual graduation.
“With the uncertainty of attempting to plan a traditional ceremony since we were uncertain we would be able to hold that ceremony, we felt like the virtual graduation was the best option for our district,” Dr. Kim Wilbanks said.
If the state/national guidelines on COVID-19 are lifted regarding large gatherings, the district said it would also have an outdoor graduation at Cooksey-Johns Field in late June or mid-July.
“While a virtual graduation is never a first choice under normal circumstances, we feel that this option is the best at this time. Seniors will be contacted in the near future with direction on how the collection of information will proceed.”
“It’s kind of uncharted territory, and we are just exploring exactly how to put the virtual graduation together,” Wilbanks said. “But when we saw the program that Herff-Jones had put together with some different companies that are leaders in the industry of virtual graduation, we felt like they could provide us with a very professional product that would be something that our graduates could be very proud of.”