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Board of Education Signs Resolution Celebrating Class of 2020

Submission Date: May 14, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0046-5-2020)

Board of Education Signs Resolution Celebrating Class of 2020  

Board of Education Signs Resolution Celebrating Class of 2020

Board designates May 22 as Celebrate Class of 2020 Day in Henry County

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Friday, May 22 was originally slated to be the day that over 3,000 Henry County Schools seniors would walk across their respective schools’ stages to receive their diplomas.  The Coronavirus pandemic has altered these plans, but the Henry County Board of Education took action during their May board meeting to adopt a resolution proclaiming the original graduation date as Henry County Schools Class of 2020 Day in Henry County.

Since schools buildings were shut down in early March and it became clearer that regularly-scheduled graduations ceremonies would not be possible in May, district officials have been working diligently to provide alternative dates in order to save one of the many time-honored traditions that students, families, schools, and communities have come to expect.  The new graduation schedules have been announced for the week of June 22 with back-up dates marked for the week of July 20.

Instead of letting the original date for graduation come and go without fanfare, the board of education crafted a unique way to ensure that this special senior class is celebrated by everyone in the county. 

A resolution to recognize the Class of 2020 was unanimously adopted with language noting the special circumstances of this year that have greatly affected the current senior class.  Graduation is a culminating tradition that students and their families look forward to after a 13-year journey through their local education system.

“As a parent of a senior this year, I’ve witnessed firsthand the disappointment that has come along with the shortened year,” said Board Vice-Chair Holly Cobb.  “Anything we can do just to make this more special for our senior class is something I know families across the district will appreciate.  I salute all of the Class of 2020, and I’m looking forward to celebrating them on that day.”

Outreach is underway to obtain resolutions from all municipal and county government bodies in addition to support from the Chamber of Commerce. Businesses and residents all across Henry County are also invited to participate in the recognition.  To help share in the celebration, people are encouraged to use the district’s purple color to wear that day or adorn their business or home with something to celebrate the class whose senior year has been impacted like no other.

“These students have worked hard, extremely hard,” said Board Member Annette Edwards.  “They’ve been looking forward to this day, and it will make them feel so grateful because they deserve it.  I wish them well.”

In addition to the overall day of recognition, the district will hold a virtual celebration on this date.  More details on this are forthcoming.

For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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