The Webster Tigers have set their graduation date for their seniors on August 1, and the format of the graduation will all depend on the state and their regulations at the time.
Josh Hetfeld, the high school principal, reported to the school board that they are hoping to have an in-person ceremony for their seniors, but the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recommended that schools cancel or postpone all in-person ceremonies for spring and summer graduations this year. He said they have even given out recommendations for drive-up ceremonies.
“So as of now we are planning on holding out hope that we will still be able to have some sort of ceremony depending on the recommendations with their limitations, with the last option of having to do a virtual ceremony if we can’t do anything in person.”
Superintendent Jim Erickson said, “For graduation, we’re a little more hopeful that we might be able to do something in person whether it’s parents in limited attendance, students and limited family, or students without anyone in the gym. We are just waiting for guidelines from DHS for that.”
Since needing to put the date of graduation off, the Webster district has been finding other ways to recognize and celebrate their seniors. Hetfeld reported that the school purchased yard signs and delivered them to each of the senior’s houses. They have also been posting ‘senior spotlights’ on the school’s Facebook page. The senior awards and scholarship banquet video production premiered on We Are Webster on May 12 celebrating and congratulating those seniors as well.