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Local high schools set various plans for graduation


Editor's note: This version corrects an editing error to Havre High and Box Elder High schools' graduations are May 24. It also gives updated information provided by the Rocky Boy and Chester-Joplin-Inverness schools

High schools around the Hi-Line have had to alter graduation plans for their seniors due to COVID-19.

Havre High School is hosting its graduation Sunday, May 24, at Blue Pony Stadium at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the National Federation of State High School Association

Students will be given three parking passes — one including themselves and two for family members.

The event is not mandatory for students. Students who decide not to attend their diplomas will be delivered or mailed.

Chinook High School is doing a drive-in style graduation for its seniors Sunday at 8 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Grandstand at the Blaine County Fairgrounds.

Parking will be organized in by three tiers, with graduates only in the first two rows, their families in the next two and other attendees will be allowed as will safely fit in the remaining space.

Harlem High School will hold its ceremony Sunday at 1 p.m. in the school gym, and itwill be broadcasted on the National Federation of State High School Association website.

Each student will be allowed to invite two guests, and the gym will be divided into sections 6 feet apart so that each household will have a spot.

A video screen will be set up outside for the remaining attendees to watch the ceremony and will be broadcasted on car radios.

Copies of the ceremony will be put on a flash drive and given to each graduate.

Graduation at Turner High School and for the eighth grade Class of 2024 will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Turner Park, moved to the school gym depending on the weather.

Each graduate is allowed up to 10 guests to attend graduation. If the ceremony moves inside the graduates will be allowed five guests to attend the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live streamed on the National Federation of State High School Association website.

Graduation for Box Elder High School will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on the football field.

Each graduate will have 11 chairs on the field for family along with two vehicle passes to park on the track around the field. 

Chester-Joplin-Inverness High School originally said its board decided to plan a graduate recognition in conjunction with homecoming next fall, but Superintendent Tim Bronk emailed the Havre Daily News to say it would hold its graduation Sunday at noon at the Joplin football field. 

The date for the graduation ceremony for Rocky Boy High School has been moved due to weather concerns. It will be held on the school’s football field and is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 5 p.m.

Big Sandy High School’s graduation will be Sunday at 6 p.m, on the football field, moving into the gym if weather is bad.

Five seniors will be allowed to cross the field at a time and no spectators will be allowed on the field.

Hays-Lodge Pole High School’s graduation ceremony will be Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be held at the high school football field, with alternate plans depending on the situation.

In one plan, the guests will be limited and an official at the gate will place the families around the football field, with up to three parking spaces per family and the families expected to stay together and stay seated. A parade is planned at the end.

The second plan is to hold the graduations in the Hays-Lodge Pole school gym with someone at the gate limiting guests to six people with the students given tickets to provide to their people of choice. The gym will have areas designated for each family and a parade is planned at the end of the graduation.

The third option is to postpone graduation until a later date.

North Star High School graduation will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sam Berge football field in Rudyard.

The ceremony will be broadcasted through the radio on 93.5 FM and on the National Federation of State High School Association website at http://console.nfhsnetwork.com/events/#/events/evtf764f676b4 .

If the field is too muddy or wet, the ceremony will be held in front of the high school, with the stage and LED screen placed in the student parking lot.


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