Greenville County Schools have been in discussions with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena about holding in-person graduation ceremonies for the current graduating high school class. The district’s superintendent, Burke Royster, confirmed the meetings had taken place at a school board meeting held Tuesday, May 12.
“We’re still having discussions with potential venues, and there’s one that we talked about in here this morning. We’ve looked at other places,” Royster said.
No decision about graduation has been made, according to Tim Waller, spokesperson for the district. Discussions with any potential venue would be vital so the district would know what restrictions would have to be put in place for the ceremony.
For example, 6 feet of social distancing would be required between families. Other counties in the Upstate have announced plans to hold ceremonies in other stadiums, however, none of the Greenville County high school stadiums would allow for appropriate social distancing given the size of the county’s high school populations, Waller said in an email.
Royster also presented the school board on Tuesday with a recent survey that high school seniors took part in that asked about their graduation preferences. Many responded that they would prefer an in-person ceremony. A separate survey for parents closed only on Friday, May 8.