Graduation Seating Update
In preparing for the 8th grade Graduation Mass we have been working closely with the parish and following their guidelines for capacity restrictions and safety protocols. As we shared in our initial communication in March regarding Graduation
, the specific protocols for a special Mass like this were to only allow the graduates and two family members. These are the same protocols that were in place for the First Communion Masses that are scheduled for the next couple of weekends.
With a steady increase in vaccines, and declining COVID numbers, the Parish has been working on a plan to increase seating capacity in the church for Masses and other special events (as you should have received notice via Flocknotes earlier today). Last week, the decision was made to allow up to increase capacity in the church, and for Graduation we can now seat up to 400 people instead of the less than 200 we were able to seat in July for the Class of 2020 graduation.
We are grateful for the decline in COVID numbers that allows the increase to seating capacity and to the parish for their assistance. With 50 graduates in the Class of 2021, that means each graduate will be able to have 7 people attend graduation in the church with them (so 8 people total per family).
We have made an online ticket request form that every family needs to fill out
, so the school can do it’s best to accommodate each family's needs for Graduation tickets for the church. A few points to note about the Graduation Ticket Request Form:
- Please note, if you do not need all seven tickets for family members, we can give those to families who may need more than seven tickets.
- Please note, do not request the maximum number of tickets in order to give to others - the school will be printing the tickets, and will coordinate the distribution of additional tickets with the families.
- Seating will be assigned in the church based on the seating / ticket requests and alphabetical order.
- Additionally, there will be two packages offered in our school Virtual Auction (held May 21-22, 2021) that will offer premium seating for Graduation. The packages will be limited to 7 seats. If you are planning on bidding on premium seating, please still fill out the form, and we will make any adjustments to ticket information after Virtual Auction.
An overflow seating area with a live stream will be available in the Auditorium, and the Graduation Mass and Ceremony will still be live streamed via the church website.