Each of the Hardin County Schools high schools will hold a senior celebration event and a graduation ceremony.
“COVID-19 has wrecked a lot of plans in the last year,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “Unfortunately, the pandemic is still with us and there are obstacles that won’t allow us to do things conventionally. Guidelines still require social distancing and limits to the size of gatherings. Our administrators are working within these guidelines and are determined to find ways of providing our students with events that will create lasting memories.”
“Seniors Under the Stars”
The administrations at Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School and North Hardin High School will each host an event called “Seniors Under the Stars.” They will be exclusive to members of each school’s senior class. They will include a dinner where semi-formal attire is suggested. Seniors will purchase tickets to the event. “Seniors Under the Stars” will take place on the following dates at the following locations:
- Central Hardin - May 8 (rain date TBD) at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center, 200 University Drive, Elizabethtown.
- John Hardin - April 24 (rain date is May 1) at John Hardin High School.
- North Hardin - May 8 (rain date is May 15) at North Hardin High School.
Each high school will also host graduations that will be comprised of two events:
- Seniors will gather in socially distanced assemblies in their caps and gowns during a school day. This will take place near the end of the school year. Only seniors and school administrators will attend. This event will include speeches from class officers, principals and Mrs. Morgan. It will be live-streamed over Hardin County Educational and Community Television’s (HCEC-TV) YouTube channel.
- Similar to last year’s ceremonies, seniors will be provided with appointment times to come to their high school - with no more than ten (10) family members - and walk across the graduation stage.
Both graduation events will be videotaped by HCEC-TV and edited into one segment that includes every senior’s walk across the stage and the seniors-only ceremonies. The broadcast of that segment will air on HCEC-TV and its YouTube channel at a later date.
Dates and times for these events are to be determined. Graduations will take place for Central Hardin, John Hardin, North Hardin and Hardin County High / GED students.
“It was important to our high school principals, their administrative teams and to me that we have more family present to watch the seniors walk across their graduation stage,” Mrs. Morgan added. “We are still at a point in the pandemic where large gatherings are not safe. Therefore, a ceremony like we normally conduct would have to include a much smaller crowd and we’d have to seriously limit the number of family members allowed in the gates to see their senior graduate.
“These two events will give the Class of 2021 the memories of somewhat traditional ceremonies that include processionals, speeches and, most of all, the presence of family.”