Tri-West Announces Graduation Plans
Circumstances require that graduation will look different this year for Tri-West graduates, and the district has created a unique multi-part opportunity for celebration and memory-creation. A mix of virtual and in-person festivities, all respecting social distancing guidelines, will begin with a traditional walk across the stage in cap and gown.
For three days, beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28, from 4-8 pm by appointment, graduates and their immediate families will sign in at Door 5 of the high school, receive their cap and gown, and proceed to the gymnasium. There Principal Kelly Simpson and Supt. Dr. Scott Syverson will be waiting on the stage to deliver each diploma cover. A professional photographer will be on hand for the handshake and then the graduate and family will move to the south end of the gym for a formal graduation portrait. The opportunity is also available for family pictures.
Graduates will then proceed to the cafeteria to sign the senior wall and return their gowns only (they keep the caps) before exiting the building at Door 7. Graduates are also encouraged to stop by the front lawn of the school and pick up their individual student signs.
On Saturday, May 30 – GRADUATION DAY! - graduates will line up at Scamahorn Park in Pittsboro at 9 am for a procession that will take students through Pittsboro, Lizton, and North Salem, giving the entire community the chance to celebrate this amazing class. The celebration route will be escorted by Deputy Chuck Jones and community law enforcement will be monitoring intersections and other areas along the route to ensure safety.
The destination of the procession will be TWHS where graduates will receive their actual diplomas. More information on the exact route and road closures will be available closer to the date.
A few safety guidelines for the graduation parade:
• Only one vehicle per graduate. All persons must remain in the vehicle during the entire procession, including waiting time at the park and high school.
• Each car must have a responsible driver (other than the graduate) to maintain proper following distance between vehicles.
• Vehicles may be decorated but must be school appropriate. Decorated vehicles will be checked at the park before the procession begins.
• Although graduates are meeting off-site, this is still considered a school function and all school rules of conduct apply as stated in the TWHS Student Handbook.
• Vehicles will have flashers on during the entire procession. There will be police officers stationed at all major intersections.
• No persons will be allowed to ride in a truck bed. All persons in a vehicle must have an available seat belt. All rules of the road will apply.
• No candy will be thrown in the procession.
All school properties will continue to be closed and off limits to the public during the procession.
Only those involved in the ceremony, graduates and family members, and NWHSC staff will be allowed on school grounds during the procession and ceremony.