Pike Lib sets date for graduation; format undecided

Published 6:14 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Pike Liberal Arts School hopes to send its 36 seniors out with a graduation in early June. The PLAS Board of Trustees voted to move graduation to Thursday, June 4.

PLAS will be flexible when it comes to how they will honor their seniors. A lot of it will be determined by what the governor decides to do at the end of the month.

“We decided to push it to June 4 so we could hear what (Gov. Kay Ivey) says on May 15 and again on May 30 to see if restrictions on crowd sizes gets loosened,” said Eric Burkett, headmaster. “We are going to follow the guidelines she sets. If it’s a certain number or if she loosens them enough for us to have an actual graduation that’s what we will abide by.”

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It’s still a fluid situation at Pike Liberal Arts when it comes to how many people will be able to attend and what format they will use, but one thing that is clear is there will be some sort of graduation ceremony.

“It will be June 4 no matter what the restrictions are,” Burkett said. “We’ll base what our graduation is going to look like on the number she puts out. We won’t push it any further because families have vacations planned for the summer and kids are going off to college and they are trying to get dorm rooms set up. We are going to leave it at June 4 and whatever happens we’ll go with it.”

The hope is to have as normal of a graduation as possible in a few weeks, but Burkett is open to different options if the state doesn’t loosen up it’s restrictions.

“We want to give it a chance,” Burkett said. “If the number is 10 people we will find the best way possible to do it.”