OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - The Ocean Springs School District finally decided where the graduation ceremony will be held for the Class of 2021, following the governor’s new guidelines for indoor events.
A full graduation ceremony will be hosted at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum with the entire Class of 2021 in attendance. There will, however, be limits on the numbers of guests allowed to attend.
A survey of the senior class was conducted following the new orders, with 70% of the graduating class voting for a traditional Coast Coliseum graduation over one at Greyhound Stadium, as previously planned.
The maximum number of attendees will be determined by the governor’s executive order at the time of graduation. However, the total number of allowed attendees will then be divided by the number of graduates, which will determine the number of guests each graduate will receive.
Graduation is scheduled for May 27th at 7 p.m.
Last year, a virtual graduation was held for each graduating senior, with only their parents in attendance. Each senior was presented with a diploma at individual times and the videos were compiled into one long virtual ceremony. That move came just two months after the start of the pandemic as cases were rising and more was still being learned about COVID-19.
Additional information regarding the Class of 2021 graduation will be added once it’s available.