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Lynchburg high schools to hold 2021 graduation ceremonies at City Stadium
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Lynchburg high schools to hold 2021 graduation ceremonies at City Stadium

In-person graduation ceremonies for Lynchburg’s two public high schools will be held later this month at City Stadium, rain or shine.

Both ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 30, with Heritage High School’s graduation at 9 a.m. and E.C. Glass High School’s at 6 p.m.

According to Cindy Babb, spokesperson for the division, Heritage High School graduates will receive 12 tickets each for their invited guests, and E.C. Glass High School graduates will receive nine tickets each. Babb said this number was calculated based on the number of graduates at each school — E.C. Glass High School’s graduating class is larger than Heritage High School’s, so each graduate was allotted fewer guest tickets.

In a Thursday news release, Babb said COVID-19 mitigation strategies — including 6 feet of physical distancing between parties and requiring all persons entering the stadium to wear a mask — will be in place. The release said the estimated cost for LCS for the ceremonies is $14,431.

Babb said the decision regarding the venue for the 2021 graduation ceremonies was made after consulting with seniors and their families.

“While we understand that there are students and family members who will miss graduating at the school they attended, we are excited to be able to open up this celebration to more members of the students’ [families],” Babb said in a Thursday news release.

In recent years, some students and community members have pushed the division to explore larger venue options for the high school graduation ceremonies to allow for more attendees.

Last year, the division explored a few options, including holding graduation at Liberty University’s Vines Center or at the base schools like in years past.

Lynchburg City Schools had planned to hold its 2020 graduation ceremonies at City Stadium, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic closing schools and eliminating the possibility of a traditional, in-person graduation ceremony.

Babb said the division has not discussed whether it will continue holding graduation events at City Stadium in future years.

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Education reporter

Cross covers K-12 and higher education for The News & Advance. An Asheboro, North Carolina native, Cross joined The News & Advance team in January 2020 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.

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