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Billings Central, Laurel announce plans for altered graduations

Posted at 10:48 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 00:48:42-04

Billings Central and Laurel high schools have altered their graduation plans because of COVID-19.

Parents and students recently heard about the plans for the class of 2020 at Billings Central.

The date and time are the same, Sunday May 24 at 6 p.m.

The layout will change at the Nelles Center, with about 400 people instead of the normal of up to 1,500.

Each graduate will be able to have four family members in reserved seating.

Temperature checks, masks and distancing will be part of graduation.

And the Mass will not be part of the ceremony.

"Much smaller. Much more low key than it usually is but we still want to make sure that we bring our faith base into their final experiences at Billings Catholic Schools," said Shaun Harrington, Billings Catholic Schools president. "They're just so happy that we get to have a graduation, that members of their family will get to see them walk across the stage and get the accolades that they have so richly deserved."

Laurel High School also put out some plans this week.

The graduation is tentatively planned fro May 24 at Laurel's football stadium.

Each graduate will be allowed to bring four guests.