Extreme heat forces postponement of Marian Catholic commencement

New date: Tuesday, July 28, 7:00pm

information provided by Marian Catholic High School

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 26, 2020) – Originally scheduled for 5:30pm on July 26, the Marian Catholic High School Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been postponed until Tuesday, July 28, 7:00pm. All of the same arrangements will be in place.

Sunday’s extreme heat forced the postponement. Since the ceremony is planned to take place outside on Dave Mattio Field, concern for attendees’ health and safety led to the decision to reschedule. The afternoon temperature was 91 degrees, with a “RealFeel” temp of 97 degrees.

Tuesday’s high is forecasted to be 84 degrees with less humidity, and into the 70s by 7:00pm.

This will be Marian Catholic High School’s Fifty-Ninth Commencement Ceremony. Results of a survey distributed to students and their families indicated overwhelming support for a socially distanced, in-person ceremony.

Graduates and their guests will sit together in family “pods” on Dave Mattio Field. In compliance with State of Illinois restrictions on large gatherings, the number of guests is limited for each graduate. Adequate spacing will be allotted between family groups to maintain appropriate social distancing. Guests will be allowed to progress to the stage area with their graduate so that everyone has a front-row seat for the conferring of their student’s diploma. Graduates and guests will be required to wear masks at all times, except for when the graduate is walking across the stage.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all in attendance as well as abide by State of Illinois’ guidelines, temperature checks and symptom screenings will be performed prior to entry to the stadium. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the space.

The 213 members of Marian Catholic’s Class of 2020 will attend over 93 colleges and universities in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and two countries, the United Kingdom and Japan. Sunday’s ceremony is a celebration of each of them and their perseverance and resilience over the past few months.

The class includes these Lansing residents:

  1. Alexandria Bland
  2. Leandra Cabrales
  3. Melina Duda
  4. Kandis Fletcher
  5. Dejontae Jones
  6. Luke Martinson
  7. John Roe

Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

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