It took almost two months, but the Social Circle High School graduating Class of 2020 finally got to experience the traditional end to 12 years of schooling in an in-person graduation ceremony on the evening of July 24, 2020.
As had been the case with the Walton County Public School graduations, social distancing was evident in the distance between the chairs, some masks were visible and hand sanitizers were available for each student as they left approached the stage. SCHS principal Tim Armstrong made sure to wipe down the mic after each person had spoken or sang into it.
In a poignant reminder that 2020 had been a rough year for SCHS even before COVID-19 ended the traditional final weeks of their high school experience, at the back of the field were two empty chairs. These chairs, one bearing a white gown and the other a red one, represented the two students who passed away at the beginning of the year, Emme Horton and Emory Griffith.
Although it was not quite the same as previous classes had experienced as they graduated from high school, there is no doubt it will be as memorable in its own way for the SCHS graduating class of 2020.
Congratulations Social Circle High School Class of 2020.