Graduation Parade!By JOSH TROY / PRESS REGISTER,
Some things you only get one chance to do and walking across a stage or football field to be handed your high school diploma after 12-years of hard work is one of them.
Lee Academy’s Class of 2020 graduation will be in one of two places – in the school’s gymnasium or on the football field.
Graduation is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17 and is usually held in the gym. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may have to be on the football field.
School officials are waiting for a response from the city of Clarksdale to determine whether or not graduation could be inside. A response is expected to come within the next couple of days.
“It is tentatively set to May 17, but it is not open to the public,” said Kristin Orr, who is overseeing graduation at Lee Academy. “It is only open to immediate family.”
“Even if it’s outside, it will still be six feet apart,” Orr added. “They just went and measured all of that.”
Lee’s senior parade was held Friday night.
Coahoma Community College’s virtual graduation is Saturday, May 30. It will be on the school’s website, Facebook page and YouTube.
Rep. Orlando Paden will be the guest speaker.
Coahoma Early College High School will have a virtual graduation, but a date has not been announced. A senior parade will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6 on Friars Point Road. CECHS will be having an honors success night via Zoom at 5 p.m. Thursday. The link will be posted on CECHS’s Facebook page.
Senior 2020 Shutdown
City and county schools are awaiting direction from the state and the City of Clarksdale and Coahoma County Supervisors.
Mayor Chuck Espy and Board of Supervisors President Johnny Newson hosted a meeting in early march basically shutting down the community in their effort to combat the coronavirus.
Clarksdale Municipal School District assistant superintendent Dr. Toya Matthews said Clarksdale High School principal Herbert Smith is working on plans for the upcoming graduation ceremony. She expects to be able to announce details this week.
A special board CMSD board meeting has been called for 9 a.m. Thursday.
Plans are expected to be discussed for Coahoma County High School’s graduation during next Tuesday’s board meeting.