Dear Baldwin High School Class of 2020,
Last week, a plan was submitted to the Georgia Department of Public Health to hold our traditional graduation on June 27th. We received feedback over the weekend informing us that we need to wait to hold the graduation due to the substantial spread of the coronavirus in our area at this time and Governor Brian Kemp’s new executive order for sheltering in place for vulnerable populations. While saddened to learn that we will need to wait to hold our in-person ceremony, the health and well-being of our graduates, families, and staff is our top priority. As a result, the graduation ceremony will have to be delayed until July 18 at 9:00 AM. We will continue to consult with health officials to monitor the spread of coronavirus in our area. If we are not able to have the graduation ceremony on July 18th, we have selected August 1 as our alternate date.
Many of you have asked about the availability of tickets for the ceremony. To maintain proper social distancing and adhere to CDC guidelines, we are limiting each graduate to four (4) tickets. These tickets will be made available closer to the date of the ceremony.
Additionally, due to restrictions on the number of people that can gather in one place and the current spread level of the coronavirus in our area, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Senior Prom and the Senior Picnic. All students that purchased a ticket to prom will receive a full refund in the next two weeks. We will have our Senior Honors Program virtually on June 27th at 9:00 AM. It will be broadcast on the school district YouTube channel.
I know the cancellation of these events and the postponement of graduation will be another disappointment that has to be faced because of this health crisis. As difficult as it may be to accept this news, I challenge each of you to become stronger as individuals and to know the value of the words of Maya Angelou: “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Be Brave, Be Honorable, and Be Successful!
Baldwin High School