This year’s seniors will still have their graduation ceremonies and proms. But Douglas County Schools Superintendent Trent North said the Class of 2020 may have to wait a few extra months if COVID-19 social distancing measures are still in place in May.
North wrote in a letter to seniors and their parents Friday that the school system is “still holding out hope that our graduation ceremonies can be held as scheduled May 21 and May 22” at the University of West Georgia.
However, North said, if that is not possible due to social distancing, graduations will be moved to July 21 and July 22 at UWG.
The announcement by North came after a Sunday online meeting with seniors where he promised additional information later in the week.
North said an official decision on the graduation dates will be announced May 5.
“Although this school year is not ending as we would like, I am heartened by the indomitable spirit of the Class of 2020,” North wrote in the letter. “They inspire me every day. I have no doubt that the disappointments they have faced with COVID-19 will make them more resilient and more appreciative of the relationships and everyday experiences we have all taken for granted in the past.”
Proms at all five high schools have all been postponed until mid-July.
Here is a list of graduation dates and prom dates for each school:
• Alexander: Graduation is May 21 at 7 p.m. at UWG with a backup date of July 21 at 7 p.m. at UWG. Prom will be held July 18 at a place that is to be determined.
• Chapel Hill: Graduation is May 21 at 2:30 p.m. at UWG with a backup date of July 21 at 2:30 p.m. Prom will be held July 11 at Domaine in Atlanta.
• Douglas County: Graduation is May 22 at 7 p.m. at UWG with a backup date of July 22 at 7 p.m. Prom will be held July 10 at 200 Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
• Lithia Springs: Graduation is May 22 at 10 a.m. at UWG with a backup date of July 22 at 10 a.m. at UWG. Prom will be held July 18 at the Douglasville Conference Center.
• New Manchester: Graduation is May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at UWG with a backup date of July 22 at 2:30 p.m. at UWG. Prom will be held July 18 at Domaine in Atlanta.
Each of the five county high schools, the College and Career Institute and Success Center all have special Frequently Asked Questions pages on the DCSS website. Visit https://bit.ly/3aiDhYa and choose your high school for more information on subjects such as yearbooks, refunds for fees paid, testing and more.
Visit https://dcssga.org/school_closure for a full list of updates on the school system closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.