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2020 End of Year Details


Yearbook/Grad Material Distribution:

  • On May 21st seniors will have the opportunity from 10 am-2 pm to come to campus to pick up their yearbooks, caps & gowns, cords, turn in baby photos to Mrs. Bates, and to pick up any other materials that we may have to distribute.  Yearbooks may also be purchased on this day if one has not done so.  This day will also be treated as a senior celebration as we are excited to see our students for the first time in months in large quantities.
    • The distribution of these materials will occur in drive-thru fashion with multiple stations in front of D building.  Several staff members will be present to assist in the distribution and will remove the need for recipients to exit their vehicles.
  • Grades 9-11 may pick up their yearbooks in the same fashion from 10 am-2 pm on May 26-28.  If a senior was unable to come on the 21st, they may come during one of the later dates.


  • In its traditional form, Prom will not occur.  We have ideas for a possible replacement but will not entertain those ideas until social distancing guidelines in our state would allow a large group of people to be in close contact with each other.  We are purposefully not setting dates for events that may be curtailed as to not pull the rug out from under our students once more with another missed event due to the pandemic.  If the opportunity becomes available within a reasonable and appropriate time frame, we will then address the possibility.

Material/Chromebook Return:

  • We will begin taking up materials on May 18th through our lobby between our current normal working hours of 8 am-3 pm.
  • No appointment time is necessary.
  • Any and all materials that may have been checked out from THS need to be returned.


  • Beginning on June 2nd, we will provide multiple time slots for up to 20 students and their families to attend our drive-thru graduation.  A form will be sent within the next few days allowing seniors and their families to choose an available time slot of which they can come participate in graduation.  The time slots are as follows:
    • June 2: 10am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm
    • June 3: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
  • As this is a drive-thru style graduation, there will be a specific progression that we ask students and families to follow.  
  • Students and the vehicle transporting them will:
    • Follow the typical bus path closest to D, A, and F buildings
    • Pick up their personalized graduate sign in front F building
    • Check-in with faculty members who will be documenting which student we have in the progression so that we may accurately have their name read
    • Stop and park at the designated spot where the senior will exit the car, walk onto the stage as their name is read and their diploma is given to them (parents/family will have the opportunity to take close-up photos of the ceremony)
    • After exiting the stage the student will then proceed to the picture area where a graduation photo will be taken
    • Following this, the graduate will return to their vehicle and exit campus a graduate of Tuscola High School
    • Directional signs will be present to assist in proper progression
  • Additional vehicles/family members will
    • Enter the parking lot to the left of where the students will be lining up
    • Find a parking spot near the stage where their graduate will walk
    • Photos may be taken of the ceremony
    • Follow current social distancing guidelines and be respectful of other graduates and their families
    • Exit the parking lot when their graduate has completed their portion of the ceremony
    • Buildings on campus will be closed during this time.  Again, please be mindful of social distancing guidelines and stay in your vehicles
  • A video will be created at the conclusion of the graduation days that will encapsulate the ceremonies for public viewing.  This video is set to include:
    • The National Anthem recorded by senior members of our band
    • A song recorded by senior members of our chorus
    • Student speeches
    • Speech by “Most Influential” teacher, Mr. Randy Pressley
    • Each graduate’s walk across the stage and reception of their diploma
  • Junior Marshals:
    • Junior Marshals will be announced on Friday, May 15th
    • In the coming days, the selected Junior Marshals be given information pertinent to their role in the graduation process
  • Dress Code
    • We ask that our graduates show this ceremony reverence in not only their demeanor but in their dress.  The desired dress code is defined as business casual
    • Please refrain from wearing shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, or anything the student would not have been allowed to wear to school
    • We certainly do not want any student to feel the need to purchase an outfit to wear.
    • Obviously, students will wear their cap and gown for their graduation ceremony.


In this time of uncertainty, disappointment, anxiety, and stress we hope that the events we have planned in line with the Governor’s requirements help to provide some closure for our seniors in a respectful, classy, and celebratory way. We are very proud of the Class of 2020 and know that this trial will make them stronger as they enter into the next phases of their lives.  We, as you, wish that we could have proceeded through the Spring of 2020 without a hiccup and participated in our normal end-of-year events.  That did not occur, so we have worked to make possible what we are legally allowed to do for our seniors.  To reiterate what Dr. Nolte released in his May 12, 2020 press release, we have made these plans in accordance with the current social distancing guidelines provided by the State of North Carolina.  If those guidelines change we are prepared to adjust if need be.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  We hope to see you in the weeks to come as we come together as appropriate to celebrate the Class of 2020.


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