Despite Williamson County Schools deciding to follow Gov. Bill Lee’s recommendation to remain closed for the rest of the school year, the school board voted to extend the graduation window for graduating seniors to May 22-July 31 at its April 20 meeting.
Superintendent Jason Golden said a survey sent out by the school system on Friday, April 17 regarding the graduating class of 2020 was met with thousands of responses, with the majority of them expressing the desire to have an in-person graduation ceremony.
“The survey results were pretty impressive based on what our families thought,” Golden said. “About two-thirds of the respondents were parents, and about a third of them were, of course, students, and 85% of the respondents asked that we try to find some way to have a physical graduation.”
Golden said WCS hopes to be able to hold a graduation ceremony for seniors in late July of this year, and the school system will continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and advice from the governor and health care professionals until that time, as the governor announced his decision not to extend the state-wide stay-at-home order in Tennessee.
“We hope and believe that we’ll be able to have some version of a physical graduation depending on what our health professionals tell us,” Golden said. “[Graduation] is obviously very important to our families—that’s just not something you forget. I think we can all sit here and recall something about our high school graduation and tell stories about it. It’s something that is extremely important both to parents and students.”