AKRON – Tippecanoe Valley High School announced its plan for a graduation ceremony.

This plan has been made in coordination with the local health department and local officials, according to a letter from Tippecanoe Valley High School’s principal (see page 5A).

TVHS’s graduation date is July 19. The baccalaureate ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., with the graduation ceremony beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Smith-Bibler Memorial Football Field. An alternate date is set for July 29 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The graduation ceremony will be recorded live on RTCtv4. Wearing of masks, or any other type of personal protection equipment, is recommended and social distancing is required. Any person with any flu-like symptoms prior to event should not attend. Any person whom fits the descriptions of the “most vulnerable population” or a “compromised individual” is recommended to participate virtually.

Each TVHS student is eligible to receive four tickets to the graduation ceremony. These tickets must be picked up at the TVHS main office starting July 8 until July 17 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On July 16, the office will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for pick-up. No person shall attend the ceremony without a ticket, according to the release. All ticketholders in a party must enter together.

Gates will open at 6:15 p.m. Ushers will seat attendees.

The senior class of 2020 should arrive on graduation day promptly at 6:15 p.m. for a quick rehearsal/run-down. Enter the main gate, find your assigned chair, then meet your senior class sponsors on the east side of the track.

The senior class should bring a mask to be worn at times where social distancing measures are not in place (i.e. before ceremony). Masks are not required during the graduation ceremony, but are encouraged. Any person who has not picked up their graduation gown must do so during ticket pick-up, July 8 through July 17. Payment may be required at time of pick-up.

Exit the premises of Smith-Bibler Memorial Football Field at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The final determination to cancel the 2020 Tippecanoe Valley High School prom has been made. A Kosciusko community-wide prom is being held at East Lake Skate Center on July 12 from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information or online tickets, visit https://warsawoptimist.org.