Rhinelander High School will have an in-person graduation ceremony on Friday, July 31 at 7 pm. Below is the information sent to families with details on the ceremony and an alternative in case of inclement weather.
Hello, RHS Class of 2020 students and families!
This message is to update you on the decisions that we have made in regards to what the graduation
ceremony will be like on July 31st. After much consideration and consultation with others, we have
decided to go ahead and have the in-person graduation ceremony at Mike Webster Stadium on July
31st at 7 pm. Obviously, we will have to have many safety measures in place to make this special event
as safe as possible for everyone that plans on attending. Nobody should be attending the ceremony if
you are feeling sick.
These are the requirements that we will have in place:
*Masks will be required for all students and guests
*Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance to the stadium
* 6-foot physical distancing will be used for seating
*Guests may bring their own chairs to sit around the track and distance if they would like to do that
rather than sit in the bleachers 6ft. apart from other families.
*After the ceremony is concluded, all students and guests must leave the stadium area and not
congregate in groups
*Diplomas will be given out to students attending the ceremony in front of RHS, outside the main entry,
immediately following the ceremony. Only students need to be going to this area.
*Parking will be limited to James Williams Middle School and at Rhinelander High School. No parking
will be allowed on the quarter-mile road between the middle school and high school because of the
dome construction in progress and equipment.
*Students and guests will enter the stadium from the south side.
*We will not shake hands with students as the diplomas are given to students walking across the stage.
*All students will have to fill out the contact tracing form and information sheet about who their guests
will be. This form is attached to this letter and can be filled out and returned to us at the graduation
*Students from a single household will be allowed to receive two tickets for family guests and
students from dual households will be given up to four guest tickets. The guest tickets will be
given out to students at the mandatory practice at the stadium on July 31st at 9 am. If you are
not at the practice or do not have all of your school fines/fees (including food service) paid in
full, you will not be allowed to attend the ceremony. Payments received after July 15 must be
paid with money order or cash, personal checks will not be accepted.
Attendance at this ceremony is not mandatory. The safety of all students and guests is of the utmost
importance to us! If for any reason you do not want to attend, please call the HS main office
715-365-9500 ext. 8535 and speak with Megan Marchant during normal school hours starting today.
She can mail your diploma to you or you can call and pick it up in front of RHS.
Also, if the weather is not satisfactory on July 31st, we will notify all families and do a senior recognition
parade through town instead at the same time of 7 pm. If we have to do the parade, the route and
meeting point will be shared out to you in a later message as well. If we do a live in-person ceremony,
it will be live-streamed on Facebook Live so that family members who are not able to be in person can
still view the ceremony live. If we do the parade, that will be broadcast live on Hodag Legends
101.3FM, so all speeches and music will be on air. Be well, everyone!