LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Meade County High School is planning a graduation parade for its 2020 seniors as it works on tentative plans to hold a traditional ceremony in July or August.

School officials announced the Class of 2020 "Commencement Cruise," in a Facebook post and letter to students and their families from Superintendent Bill Adams on Tuesday.

Kentucky schools have been closed since mid-March at the direction of Gov. Andy Beshear. Large public gatherings have also been prohibited since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to slow the spread of the respiratory virus. 

"We have worked with senior leaders and health officials and together we developed a ceremony that will celebrate our graduates now and give them hope for a traditional ceremony at a later date if safety guidelines permit," Adams said in the post.

The superintendent said a survey was sent out to seniors asking for their thoughts on a parade or drive-through plan for graduation. The response was that seniors wanted "some type of recognition now and an opportunity to have a traditional ceremony at a later date, if one could safely be held," the post read. 

The "Commencement Cruise" will be held Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. and involve "graduates and their families, together in one vehicle, and MCHS staff." Adams said seniors and their families should plan on arriving at the school "no earlier than" 6:30 p.m. on the day. Graduates are being encouraged to decorate their vehicles for the parade. The 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast on WMMG during the cruise, Adams said, in addition to a live stream for those who may be unable to participate.

"The Class of 2020 also asked for a postponed traditional ceremony in July or August. We do not know when large public gatherings will be permitted in Kentucky. After consulting with our senior students, we will attempt a traditional ceremony on July 31. If that is not allowed we will attempt again on August 22. If we can't safely have a traditional ceremony by then, we will not have a traditional ceremony," Adams said.

Seniors will receive specific instructions about the "Commencement Cruise" during Senior Item Pick-Up this Saturday, May 9, at the high school.

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