Ceremony set for 8 p.m.

Pierce County High School graduation ceremony remains on track for Friday, July 17.

The ceremony is planned for 8 p.m. that Friday at Bear Stadium.

School superintendent Dara Bennett said plans for the graduation ceremony are proceeding, but she cautions the event will likely be different than past years.

“We are still awaiting guidance from the Governor’s office and from public health officials on what the ceremony will be like,” she said.

Shelter in place and emergency orders are expected to expire prior to the July 17 graduation date, but Bennett says social distancing rules and guidelines for wearing masks and using hand sanitizer might still be in effect.

“We will update the public as soon as we know,” she said.

School officials announced the new unprecedented summer date for the ceremony last month. The ceremony was postponed from its original date of May 22 due to the threat posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Class of 2020 will also be the first class to graduate from the new high school.

In case of inclement weather, the graduation exercises will be moved to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18, also at the stadium.

Graduation coach Robbie Spires has sent out information about practices to senior class members via Remind. A practice is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, and for 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 17. Seniors are to report for the graduation ceremony by 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 17.