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UPDATED: Scottsbluff High School Commencement Ceremony Protocols

SHS Commencement Ceremony Protocols

Scottsbluff High School’s Graduation will be held at 1:00 pm at Bearcat Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the ceremony to 6:00 pm, and it will remain at the stadium. We are doing this in the hope that we can accommodate our students and allow for the attendance of all family members. If severe weather persists, graduation will be held in the SHS Gymnasium at 6:00 pm. If the ceremony must be moved to the gym, students will be provided with five tickets for family members. Those family members without a ticket, may view the ceremony in the SHS Auditorium. 

For those who are unable to attend, or for those who have health or safety concerns, the commencement ceremony will be live streamed at kneb.tv.

Below is a list of protocols that will be used for the commencement ceremony.

 

Bearcat Stadium Guidelines

 

    • No capacity limits will be in place, so everyone is welcome to attend.

 

  • Masking will be optional

 

  • Four entrances will be available for the convenience of spectators. Spectators are encouraged to enter through the closest entrance (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast entrances).
  • Parking 
    • East Stadium
      • Bearcat Stadium East parking lot (limited)
      • SHS Southwest parking lot
    • West Stadium
      • Bearcat Stadium West parking lot 
      • BMS West parking lot
  • Seating will be monitored by SBPS security. In the event of overcrowding, spectators may be asked to move to a different section of the stadium.
  • To help alleviate overcrowding, extended seating will be made available behind the graduates.
  • Gates will open at 12:00 or 5:00 pm, depending on the weather, and we ask that spectators stagger entry times and locations to avoid congestion at the entrances.
  • Commencement ceremony programs will be available at all entrances.
  • Sanitization stations will be posted at all entrances and by all restrooms.
  • Graduates and graduation participants will be social distanced (3ft), and will not be required to mask during the commencement ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, spectators will not be allowed onto the field. Pictures will be available for families via the SBPS website.
  • During the ceremony, members of the Echoes staff will take photographs that will be available online via the SBPS website. 
  • After the ceremony, families will be allowed onto the field to take photographs.

 

SHS Gymnasium Guidelines

 

    • Spectators will enter the school from the south, through the main entrance.
    • Spectators will sanitize and present their tickets. 
    • Commencement ceremony programs will be available at the entrances.
    • Sanitization stations will be available at the entrances.
    • Doors will open at 5:00 pm and we ask that spectators stagger their arrivals to avoid congestion at the main entrance. 

 

  • Masking will be encouraged.

 

  • During the ceremony, members of the Echoes staff will take photographs that will be available online via the SBPS website. 
  • Post ceremony, students will be ushered from the gymnasium and spectators will be required to exit the gymnasium through the west doors immediately following the graduate’s dismissal.
  • Family members without tickets for the ceremony in the gymnasium will be ushered to the SHS Auditorium where additional seating is available and the ceremony will be live-streamed. Immediately following the ceremony, once graduates are ushered from the gymnasium, auditorium spectators are expected to exit through the SHS main entrance.
  • Readmittance to the building will not be permitted.