CAIRO — Plans for a virtual graduation ceremony at Cairo High School this Friday have been scrapped in favor of an in-person event next month.

Graduating seniors will now receive their diplomas in-person on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place at West Thomas Stadium.

The school said in a statement that the change was made in anticipation of Governor Brian Kemp loosening restrictions on social gatherings on or before June 12.

In keeping with state and federal health guidelines, there will be a limit to the number of attendees at the graduation ceremony. School officials are currently planning to issue four tickets per graduate, and that will likely remain unchanged unless the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues new guidelines further restricting the number of attendees.

A graduation practice will be held Friday, June 12 at 8 a.m. All seniors are asked to meet at West Thomas Stadium and keep six feet of social distance. School officials ask that seniors be on time for the practice event.

Further instructions will be released prior to the graduation ceremony. All instructions will have to be followed in order to attend.

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