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Pasco County high schools set dates for in-person graduations

Tampa Bay Times logo Tampa Bay Times 5/6/2020 By Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times
a group of people that are standing in the dark: Pasco High School graduates enter W.F. Edwards stadium as the sunsets behind them. This year's ceremony is postponed because of Covid-19. © Times (2006)/Tampa Bay Times/TNS Pasco High School graduates enter W.F. Edwards stadium as the sunsets behind them. This year's ceremony is postponed because of Covid-19.

The Pasco County school district has set several dates in August for high school graduates to have the in-person celebration they have said they want.

After negotiating with the USF Yuengling Center, the School Board has approved Aug. 12-15 for the events.

If social distancing regulations remain in place at that time, superintendent Kurt Browning told the board, any of the $86,297 the district has already paid for the rental would be applied to the following year’s commencements.

Some concerns have arisen that some of the students will be gone by the time the graduations occur. The district plans to distribute diplomas separately from the August activities.

But the interest remains high to recognize the Class of 2020 beyond the virtual celebrations that all the schools have planned, starting June 1 and running through June 6.

Principals started sharing the news of schedule shortly after the board’s Tuesday evening vote. The responses ranged from the general “likes” and shares to comments that the plan was “awesome.”

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, August 7: Pasco High, 7:30 p.m. in the school stadium

Monday, August 10: Pasco eSchool, 6:00 p.m. in the River Ridge High theater

Tuesday, August 11: Wendell Krinn Technical High, 6 p.m. at the school

Wednesday, August 12 at the Yuengling Center: Gulf High at 11 a.m., Anclote High at 3 p.m., Cypress Creek High at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 13 at the Yuengling Center: River Ridge High at 11 a.m., Zephyrhills High at 3 p.m., Wiregrass Ranch High at 7 p.m.

Friday, August 14 at the Yuengling Center: Hudson High at 11 a.m., Land O’Lakes High at 3 p.m., Wesley Chapel High at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 15 at the Yuengling Center: Fivay High at 11 a.m., Sunlake High at 1 p.m., Mitchell High at 6 p.m.

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