ARLEE — Come Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m. on the Arlee football field — rain or shine, Arlee High School will hold its graduation ceremony.

“Graduation will be a little bit different this year because of the coronavirus,” said AHS Principal Jim Taylor. “It will be bittersweet for me as I am retiring. I hope for the best for the seniors and all the Arlee kids.”

Taylor said upcoming school in all probability won’t be the same as past years. “Everyone is hoping the school will open in the fall the same as usual or a safe new normal,” he said. “There will be some adjustments made but that what they are depends on the coronavirus.” 

• A stage will be set up in the middle of the field where graduate chairs will be set up in front of the stage 6-feet apart.

• Each graduate will be given six wrist bands that each student’s family can use to sit in the parent section of seating behind the graduates. Only six chairs will be given to each family in this area. No extra chairs will be allowed.  

• Each graduate’s family section will be marked by their family name, so sections/chairs cannot be reserved. The sections will be determined by a draw.

• Bleachers will be roped off on both sides for only parents and grandparents that do not have a wrist band.

• Other family members or friends that attend will need to spread out around the football and either stand or bring their own lawn chairs.

• The graduation ceremony will include Pomp and Circumstance, Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches, guest speaker, Honor Song, National Anthem, and presenting of the diplomas. 

• This year, we will not have the rose ceremony of slide show during the ceremony. However, all seniors will still be given three roses to give to the people of their choice. This can be done before or after the graduation ceremony. The slide show will be digitized and a copy will be given to all seniors.

• A graduation booklet is being made this year and each student/family will be given two books. In the books, will be a picture and profile of each senior; a list of honors and scholarships; and who received roses.

• A professional photographer will be at the graduation ceremony and take pictures that you and your family will receive.

• Diplomas will not be in the covers. They will be mailed to each senior along with an official transcript, scholarships and other information. These will not be sent until all grades are posted, checkout forms finalized and any fees paid.

• The graduation ceremony will be held outside, rain or shine. In case of poor weather, bring umbrellas.

• Graduation will be livestreamed on the Arlee School District Facebook page

• Handshaking and hugs will not be allowed during the ceremony

• Receptions after the ceremony will need to be out in the school parking lot or along the track with social distancing in effect.

• Graduation practice will be held on May 21 at 11 a.m. on the football field. Please be prompt and ready.

• Remember, Graduation is not only for you, but your parents, grandparents and relatives. Do not do anything that would embarrass you or your family.

• For more information, call either Counselor Misty Brien or Principal Jim Taylor, at (406) 726-3216

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