D51 graduation ceremonies approved by Mesa County Public Health

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MESA COUNTY, Colo (KJCT)- In a press release Monday morning, Mesa County Valley School District 51 says that their graduation ceremonies plans have been approved by Mesa County Public Health.

All of the ceremonies will be held at Suplizio Field instead of Stoker Stadium since it has a larger capacity.

"I feel like it's kind of sad that it's been pushed out so far because I feel like a lot of seniors are going to lose that feeling of excitement to walk-- and they've kind of just moved on already, but for a lot of us it's still a cool thing for us to be able to walk," says Fruita Monument High School graduate, Cameron O'Connor.

Even though these ceremonies will be held in person, graduating students are limited to have only four guests.

"This whole second semester was tough for our seniors, they missed so many celebrations so it's just, we're very excited we get to do this for the kids," said Dr. Diana Sirko, superintendent of District 51 schools.

The dates for graduations are listed below:

● Central High School - 8 a.m. Friday, July 10
● Palisade High School - 8 p.m. Friday, July 10
● Grand Junction High School - 8 a.m. Saturday, July 11
● Fruita Monument High School - 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11
● Grand River Academy - 8 a.m. Monday, July 13
● R-5 High School - 8 p.m. Monday, July 13

Guests will have to have a ticket to enter the gates, and masks with each school symbol with be handed out as well. There will also be marks every six feet to ensure social distancing requirements are upheld.

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