On Tuesday, Metter High Principal Ellis Strobridge announced that there will be no public graduation ceremony for the MHS and Metter Career Academy Class of 2020. A ceremony was tentatively planned for this Friday, July 17.

In a public statement, Strobridge said, “After much consideration and significant input from stakeholders, we have determined that having a graduation ceremony on July 17 will not occur.

“The rationale for this decision stems from lack of interest from the vast majority of students.”

The students did take part in a video graduation in May. Immediate family were able to be in attendance as students were scheduled to walk individually to receive their diplomas. The video was aired at the time the traditional ceremony had been originally scheduled.

“It is our hope and the impression that we have received from many that (the students) were honored and celebrated in our previous graduation ceremony,” Strobridge said.

To the graduates, Strobridge said, “Most of you have communicated that you have already begun the next phase of your life and, as such, we at MHS and MCA want you to know that we are here to help support and celebrate you in that phase to the best of our abilities.”

Of the class of 2020, Strobridge said, “They were a great class that represented Metter High School well, and we will miss them.”

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