Over 220 Alcorn County seniors will graduate next weekend.
Commencement ceremonies for Alcorn Central, Biggersville and Kossuth will take place on Saturday, May 15 at the Crossroads Arena.
Alcorn Central will graduate 95 seniors at 12 p.m., Kossuth will graduate 90 at 3 p.m. and Biggersville will graduate 40 at 6 p.m.
“The Alcorn School District wants to congratulate all of our seniors,” said Superintendent Brandon Quinn. “We are proud to have such a wonderful group of students representing our district and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
This will be the first time the district will hold all three school graduations on the same day. This will also mark the first time BHS has hosted commencement ceremonies inside the arena.
The decision was made by the county school board prior to the 2019-20 school year to hold all three graduations on the same day to reduce cost. The arena charges the school district $3,000 per day.
Last year’s plans to host in-person graduations on the same day inside the arena was canceled due to the pandemic.
Alcorn School District Board Clerk Ginger Mills said the staff would not enforce any pandemic-related restrictions this year during the in-person ceremonies next Saturday. There will also be no capacity limits at the arena.
Corinth High School will also host their graduation in the arena, but a few weeks later due to their year-round schedule. CHS graduation is set for Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
In-person graduation for Northeast Mississippi Community College is next week. Masks and face coverings will be required.
The festivities will be held on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on the Booneville campus.
In order to reduce the number of guests in the coliseum and to simplify adhering to guidelines and restrictions related to COVID-19, there will be four separate ceremonies – two each day beginning at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
No tickets are required for the ceremony, however, limited seating is available for friends and family.