May 4, 2020
Dear Senior Parents,
Overcoming adversity is not always an easy task. What is easy, is getting caught up in how things in life are not turning out the way you planned, and how you wish you could change those things. When adversity strikes, one must strive to persevere, overcome, and have faith.
I know our Class of 2020 Warriors will definitely overcome their misfortune, and not allow it to be their defining moment. I hope that not only has this pandemic taught them to not take life, family, friends, and their faith for granted, but that it has also taught them to be more responsible, more determined, and in turn, stronger. Stronger, not only in themselves, but in their faith in knowing that, as C.S. Lewis, author and theologian, once said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
With that said, I am so happy to say that Graduation for SGA’s Class of 2020 is still planned for Thursday, May 21, at 8:00 p.m. in the Wayne Proffitt, Jr. Gymnasium. However, in order to stay in accordance with the governor’s request of continuing to use social distancing and restricting large crowds in some circumstances, as well as for the protection of all of our graduates, families, and staff who will be in attendance, the following adjustments will be made: We will limit attendance on the night of graduation to each graduate receiving six tickets, which will be distributed at a later date; each graduates’ six family members in attendance will be seated together with space apart from other families; graduates will be seated with adequate space between them; and, the gym doors will not be open for entrance until 7:30 p.m. in an effort to prevent crowding between families in the gym before the ceremony. Masks and gloves are not required to be worn by the graduates or families, but if you or your family members feel more comfortable wearing one, please feel free to do so. If anyone is experiencing symptoms of sickness, we respectfully ask that you do not attend and that good judgement is made when it comes to the six family members allowed per graduate. We will also be live streaming the ceremony in an effort to give other family and friends not in attendance a chance to still be a part of this special night. Lastly, there will be a few minor adjustments to the ceremony itself; however, I have no intentions of taking away the intimate, personal, and formal way for which our SGA Graduation has always been praised.
I am looking forward to making this night a special night, and a forever memory, definitely one for the books, for our seniors. 2020 is still their year, SGA is still very proud of the Warriors they have become, and we know that there are more good things to come from this class.
Becky B. Gordon, Senior Sponsor
Matt Dalrymple, Headmaster