Class of 2021 Graduation Update
Kennewick School District is looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 graduates. Learn more about graduation times, dates and locations.
Graduation is this week and we have some health and safety updates for the ceremonies:
- Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks while following 6-foot distancing requirements. Guests attending the ceremonies who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks.
- Graduates are not required to wear masks while sitting 6 feet apart and crossing the stage.
- Everyone should stay 6 feet apart from people outside of their household.
- Avoid gathering and socializing in groups in and around the graduation venues.
- Those who are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home.
Thank you for helping to make graduation a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone in our community.
Graduation Updates: Additional Guests Allowed, Schedule Changes, Health/Safety Protocols
Additional Guests Allowed at Graduation Ceremonies
We received updated health and safety guidance from the state this week regarding spectator events that increases occupancy percentages for outdoor venues from 25 percent to 50 percent. This means that each senior will receive eight guest tickets instead of four – great news for our students and families!
To accommodate double the number of people attending the ceremonies, the district will need to increase the time between high school ceremonies on Saturday, June 12 to allow enough time for people to leave Lampson Stadium (505 S. Garfield St., Kennewick) and clear the parking lot before the next group arrives. Each ceremony is scheduled for 90 minutes.
Here are the revised ceremony times:
- 8:30 a.m. - Kennewick High School
- (NEW TIME) 12:30 p.m. – Kamiakin High School
- (NEW TIME) 4:30 p.m. - Southridge High School
Health & Safety Protocols
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation following the local and state health and safety protocols established for graduation ceremonies.
- Wear a mask/face covering and social distance – Face coverings are required for everyone, including those who are vaccinated, sitting, and/or socially distanced 6 feet apart. Children under 2 years of age do not need masks.
- Stay home if you are sick or have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Avoid gathering in groups before, during and after the ceremony – Do not tailgate in parking lots or gather in groups around the graduation venue.
Thank you in advance for being considerate of others in attendance who may be at risk of COVID-19, including older adults, children and medically compromised individuals.
Class of 2021 Graduation Update
Kennewick School District is looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 graduates. Graduation ceremonies will look a little different this year due to local and state health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing. With your cooperation, we look forward to proving a safe and positive graduation experience for everyone.
Participating seniors will have access to four tickets for guests. Please note that children 2 years old and younger who can be held on a laps during the graduation ceremonies will not require a ticket.
All ceremonies will be live-streamed/recorded and posted to ksd.org.
All Kennewick School District graduation ceremonies will be held at outdoor venues.
5 p.m., Thursday, June 10 - Mid-Columbia Partnership, on campus
7 p.m., Thursday, June 10 – Delta High School, Edgar Brown Stadium, Pasco
3:30 p.m., Friday, June 11 – Legacy High School, on campus
5:30 p.m., Friday, June 11 – Phoenix High School, at Legacy High School campus
8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12 - Kennewick High School, Lampson Stadium
11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12 – Kamiakin High School, Lampson Stadium
2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 12 – Southridge High School, Lampson Stadium
Additional details regarding graduation ceremonies and other senior activities/awards will be provided by the individual high schools.
Inclement Weather Plans
Weather conditions in early June are typically warm and dry. However, we know that weather can be unpredictable in the Tri-Cities. In the event of inclement weather, graduation ceremonies will continue as scheduled. We recommend that families arrive prepared as appropriate for the weather.
What happens if Benton County moves from Phase 3 to Phase 2?
If Benton County moves from Phase 3 to Phase 2 before graduation, the school graduation ceremonies will continue as scheduled.
In the event that Benton County moves from Phase 3 to Phase 2, the current Spectator Events COVID-19 Requirements provided by the governor's office regarding school graduation ceremonies states that "the schools may utilize Phase 3 Spectator Events guidance in Phase 2, if they operate under an event health and safety plan for the graduation ceremony." All other aspects of school graduations must follow Department of Health Graduation Guidance: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/GraduationGuidance.pdf