Will the Class of 2020 graduate in a normal ceremony? That question has been a major topic of conversation in Washington Parish for the past two months. Since schools were abruptly closed by the governor on March 13, seniors and their parents have been left wondering when --- or if --- they will have their graduation ceremonies.
The graduation situation in Washington Parish became much clearer last week.
Bowling Green School in Franklinton kicks off the 2020 graduation events with a virtual graduation this Friday, May 8, at the school. Graduates will appear separately to receive their diplomas as family members watch from nearby cars. The school still hopes to have a real graduation ceremony later this summer.
Bogalusa High School scheduled its 2020 graduation ceremony for July 10 at Lewis Murray stadium. That date is subject to change if the situation warrants, but as of now Bogalusa High is in the midst of planning and preparing to hold a July 10 ceremony.
And Washington Parish School Superintendent Frances Varnado announced last Friday morning that Franklinton High, Mount Hermon High, Pine High, and Varnado High will all hold real graduation ceremonies in July. Exact dates will be announced soon, she said. The decision to hold July graduation ceremonies for the four parish high schools came after the parish school board was able to discuss the matter. School board members wanted real ceremonies to be held and were opposed to having a virtual graduation at parish high schools.
The superintendent has assembled a team to plan for the July graduations, and details will be announced as they become available, she said.