June 21, 2024

Garden City Alternate Education Center and Virtual Academy Graduation Scheduled

USD 457

Commencement exercises for the USD 457 Garden City Alternate Education Center and Virtual Academy will take place Saturday, July 11th, at 9:00 a.m. at Memorial Stadium, 1412 N. Main Street. This will be the largest graduating class to date for the school.

Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets for the graduation ceremony.  Tickets will be distributed during graduation practices held during the week of July 6-10.  More information about the graduation practice times and dates will be forthcoming from the school.

The school’s administration is requesting that guests do not bring balloons, air horns or other noise making devices to distract from the graduation ceremony.  The graduates are being asked to follow a few guidelines to make their final experience a dignified and memorable occasion.  The guidelines include:

  1. Dress will be semiformal or business casual. (No shorts, tank tops, etc.)
  2. Shoes or sandals are required.  There are to be no beach flip-flops.
  3. Please do not bring cell phones.  They will not be allowed during the ceremony.
  4. The tops of the caps cannot be decorated.

Families will need to have a ticket for each attendee and are asked to enter Memorial Stadium through the attendance gate as a group for seating prior to the start of the ceremony. Social distancing protocols will be followed in the stands.  The audience is asked not to move from their places during the ceremony unless they are leaving.

If there is inclement weather the event will be moved to the Garden City High School auditorium.  The ceremony will be for the student only and the program will be streamed online for families.

The administration worked closely with the Finney County Health Department to determine what type of ceremony that could take place for the class.  The goal is to provide a graduation ceremony in the safest environment for students, families, and staff.