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Dawson County BOE reverses decision on 2020 graduation, ceremony will be held on August 1
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In a release on Friday, July 17, the Dawson County School System announced that graduation for the class of 2020 will be held on Aug. 1, reversing its previous decision to replace the traditional graduation ceremony with a graduation parade. 

"Based on feedback received, we gave our seniors an opportunity to vote on their graduation, and they overwhelmingly chose to hold it on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. in the DCHS stadium," the release said. 

The school board had previously announced that a graduation parade would be held on July 29, but with this new announcement, no graduation event will be held until Aug. 1. 

Those attending the graduation will be asked to comply with public health guidelines, including limiting the number of guests that can attend. 

"Each student will be limited to four tickets," the release said. "Only guests with tickets will be admitted to the ceremony, and each family must practice social distancing (6 feet between groups). Masks are recommended." 

There will be a mandatory graduation practice on Friday, July 31 at 9 a.m. at the Dawson County High School Performing Arts Center. Masks are recommended for practice, and students will have the opportunity to pick up any materials they still need at the same time. 

"At practice, students will be able to collect any cards/stoles, and they will also be given their tickets," the release said. "Students are welcome to bring their yearbooks for signing after practice." 

Students will not need to wear their caps and gowns to practice, but they will need to have them ready for the graduation itself. 

The time students will need to report to the performing arts center for the ceremony itself will be announced at practice. All guests must enter through the main gate of the stadium starting at 8 a.m. on August 1, carpooling is recommended as parking will be limited.