SPS Announces Details for Commencement August 6th and 7th

Springfield Public Schools announced graduation ceremonies at JQH Arena at Missouri State on August 6th and 7th.

On August 6th, three schools will have their ceremonies: Parkview (noon), Hillcrest (4 p.m.), and Glendale (8 p.m.).

August 7th’s ceremonies are: Kickapoo (3 p.m.) and Central (7 p.m.).

SPS along with Missouri State University have created a set of guidelines for the ceremonies with health and safety of all involved as a focus:

  • To limit the crowd size and adhere to seating capacity limits, each graduate will be provided up to 8 tickets for guests. Each high school principal will send information by email regarding how and when to pick up tickets.
  • Live streaming will be provided during each graduation ceremony to ensure that family and friends, who are unable to attend in person, are able to participate virtually. A DVD and digital download of the ceremony will be available for purchase. DVDs may be purchased for $35 by completing this order form and submitting it by Aug. 14. The digital download may be purchased online for $25. 
  • Graduates will report to Hammons Student Center, adjacent to the JQH Arena, one hour before commencement, to line-up and receive instructions.
  • Graduates will be required to wear a face mask at all times, with only two exceptions: their individual photo and diploma presentation. Springfield Public Schools will provide the mask for each graduate.
  • Guests are asked to sit together in family units and are encouraged to wear face masks. Seating will not be assigned; however, some seating will be restricted in order to promote social distancing. 
  • To reduce personal contact, graduation programs Will NOT be distributed at the event .  A keepsake program will be mailed, along with their diploma, to each graduate.

A Project Graduation event will be held at each high school following their commencement in the school gym. The event will last for an hour, and a statement from the district says face masks and social distancing “will be encouraged.”

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