MOUNT CARMEL — There’ll be at least one graduation in Mount Carmel this summer.

Mount Carmel Principal Jake Newkirk announced the school’s intent to proceed with the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony — though this year’s will look considerably different than year’s past.

Rather than host their ceremony at Wabash Valley College, they’ll be hosting graduation at Riverview Stadium on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Newkirk explained the decision to host outside, citing the plan’s ability to abide by Illinois Department of Public Health regulations.

“This will allow for the intended goal of holding an in-person event while still being able to adhere to IDPH recommendations,” Newkirk said. “The students will be socially distanced, in chairs, on the home sideline while guests are welcome to sit on the stadium. We ask that your family group distance from other family groups and wear a mask where this is not possible.”

Graduates should limit their family in attendance to four to six members, which would allow the school to successfully and safely distance multiple groups of 50 in the stadium.

Spectators should park atop Riverview Stadium, as the parking below — inside the gate — is reserved for graduates.

There will be set rainout tines of 6:30 p.m. that night and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 in the case of a weather-mandated rain cancellation.

As for Wabash Valley College, their 58th annual commencement will be unlike any other.

Instead of electing for a traditional ceremony, they’ve opted to hold a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, July 31.

This move makes much more sense for WVC. With students from out of town, who are either unable to make the return trip for the ceremony, or may be located in select hot pocket areas, this likely limits the risk of exposure to the town from elsewhere.

Updates about the virtual commencement ceremony, graduation regalia and diplomas will be sent to students and posted on WVC’s social media accounts as more information becomes available.

For more information, please contact WVC’s Student Services at 618-262-8641.

If you have specific questions about MCHS’ ceremony, please direct them to Principal Newkirk, at jnewkirk@wabash348.com.”

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