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Post High School Commencement set for May 22

Protocols and procedures in place for ceremony due to COVID-19 pandemic

Post High School will be holding the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22 at the Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium.

Usually held at the Post Antelope Arena, location has changed this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Along with the change in location comes a list of procedures and protocols guests are expected to follow. Released by the Texas Board of Education, the measures enable school districts to have semi-traditional graduation ceremonies.

The following text was developed by Superintendent Heath Dickson and the Post ISD Board Trustees during the recent school board meeting:

Date: May 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmie Redman Memorial Football Stadium. Seating will start at 6 p.m. and continue in 5-minute intervals.

There are 44 graduates. Each senior will be allowed 10 guests. One ticket will be issued to the senior that will admit all 10 guests. Guests will include adults and children in the count.

Guests will sit in family groups of five, six feet apart on the home and visitor stands.

The senior ticket will determine which side, row and seats that the guests will sit in. It will also determine the time that the guests will be allowed to enter the stadium.

No one will be allowed to stand along the fence. All guests must stay in their designated seats unless attending the restroom or when the ceremony is over.

High school staff will work the graduation. They will work the ticket booths and serve as ushers to seat people and escort people out of the stadium. The staff will have a designated area to sit on the field.

A limited number of custodians and maintenance staff will be on hand to handle issues.

School board and administration will have a section on the field, and they will sit with their spouses.

All awards and scholarships will be presented and handed out by the High School Principal at the same time as diplomas are presented. Graduates will come up and receive everything at one time.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the crowd will be dismissed one family at a time. Graduates’ names will be called signaling their family to meet at the end of the stadium facing the field house. A picture will be taken by Lance Dunn and then the senior and his/her family must leave the facility.

Out of the 44 graduates, Chris Dihenia will be recognized as valedictorian of the 2020 graduating class. Dihenia is the son of Ramesh and Jagruti Dihenia. After high school, he plans to attend Texas Tech University to major in Computer Science.

Dillon McKee will be recognized as salutatorian. McKee is the son of Randy and Amanda McKee. After high school, McKee plans on attending West Texas A&M University to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals with a minor in business.

For those unable to attend, will be streaming a live broadcast of the ceremony.

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