Plans set for CHS 2021 graduation ceremony

Graduates allowed four guests, school will live-stream ceremony on YouTube


CLINTON — The Unit 15 Schools district office has set 2 p.m., Sunday, May 23 for Clinton High School graduation.

In a letter sent to parents, CHS principal Jerry Wayne set out this year’s plan for the graduation ceremony.

“Last year, I was unable to provide a traditional graduation for our seniors due to the pandemic,” Wayne wrote.  “This year, I plan to do everything I possibly can to keep that from happening to our 2021 graduates.”

He reminded parents, however, that circumstances not within his control could change plans.

Based on current virus restrictions, each graduate may have up to four guests attend the graduation ceremony.  Graduates will receive four tickets, and only guests with tickets will be allowed to enter the building on graduation day.

To help make up for the restriction in the number of guests permitted inside the school, the school plans to stream the ceremony live on YouTube.

Guests with tickets to the graduation ceremony will be required to wear face masks at all time and observe social distancing from people not in their group.  Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, and seating for handicapped guest “will be provided to the greatest extent possible,” Wayne wrote.

Anyone who will require handicapped accessible seating should contact Missy Koeppel at (217) 935-8337 in advance so the school can plan.

Wayne wrote he hopes to be able to allow graduates to remove their masks for photos as they cross the stage for their diplomas.  Once the ceremony is completed, guests are asked to exit the building immediately.

Graduates will meet their families at their cars or at home after picking up their official diplomas in the library.