McDONOUGH — School bells across Henry County chimed for the last time this school year last Friday.
Though the classrooms and hallways were empty, still they rang to signal not only the end of the academic year, but as a goodbye to the Class of 2020.
It wasn’t the way students, parents and teachers wanted or expected to celebrate seniors’ transition from high school to adult life and secondary education. But during this coronavirus pandemic, nothing has been typical.
There will be celebrations this year to mark the transition, but they’ll look a little different. On Friday, Henry County celebrated with the Class of 2020 Day. It’s the original day some 3,000 seniors would have walked across the stage to collect their diplomas while friends and family whooped and hollered.
From June 15-19, the Class of 2020 will be celebrating with their graduating class during Senior Week with activities like prom, senior picnics, yearbook signings and awards.
Finally, in-person commencement ceremonies will take place June 22-26 at each school’s stadium.
All activities are subject to change based on health officials’ recommendations. District officials noted that a week in July has been set aside should there be a need to delay ceremonies.
The schedule is as follows:
♦ June 22 — Luella High School at 8:30 p.m. and Stockbridge High School at 8 p.m. (Alternate date July 20)
♦ June 23 — McDonough High at 8 p.m. and Locust Grove High at 8 p.m. (Alternate date July 21)
♦ June 24 — Eagle’s Landing High at 8 p.m. and Hampton High at 8 p.m. (Alternate date July 22)
♦ June 25 — Dutchtown High at 8 p.m. and Union Grove High at 8 p.m. (Alternate date July 23)
♦ June 26 — Excel Academy at 1 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Ola High at 8 p.m. and Woodland High at 8 p.m. (Alternate date July 24)
In the event of inclement weather, graduations will be held the following day at 9 a.m.