In just a few days’ time, the Kilgore High graduation class would normally expect to be crossing a stage at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium to receive their high school diploma.
However, in the midst of a worldwide disease outbreak, things have changed a bit.
Despite the social distancing restrictions and limits on crowd sizes currently in place in Texas, Kilgore ISD is hosting a few special events this week to celebrate seniors while also maintaining safe distancing and the health of students and faculty.
A post from KHS social media informed KISD students and parents the annual scholarship assembly, in which thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to students bound for college and the military, will not be had as usual this month.
“We are not able to have our annual scholarship assembly this year, but we still plan to celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments. We will begin sharing scholarship announcements on Facebook this week and will continue through the month of May. A virtual program will be shared once we have received all scholarship information. We are very proud of our seniors and thankful to our community who support our students each year,” the post from KISD counselors read.
Also, seniors are invited to come to the KHS gym today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. To 8 p.m. to take pictures with the school’s mascots and under the KHS Bulldog run-through used at football games. A stage backdrop will be made available while the senior portrait video plays on a loop.
And Sunday, there’s a parade to honor the seniors through downtown Kilgore, starting at 2 p.m.
This next and next week, the KISD Facebook page will be making special mention of the graduating members of the class of 2020. Each day, the district will post 12 to 24 cap-and-gown photos of the class of 2020. The students’ photos will be displayed in alphabetical order. Visit www.facebook.com/KilgoreBulldogs to check out the photos.
College signs traditionally held up by seniors for “Senior Sign Day” are now displayed at KHS through tomorrow. The signs, which indicate a student’s future alma mater, are at the front of the campus and students are invited to stop by to pose for photos with their signs while maintaining social distancing.