2020 Graduation dates, procedures announced

2020 Graduation dates, procedures announced
Posted on 06/22/2020
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Grand Junction, CO - Following extensive planning and consideration, Mesa County Valley School District 51 is pleased to announce that Mesa County Public Health has approved plans for all of our remaining graduation ceremonies, which will take place July 10-13 at Suplizio Field! 

“We are grateful for this opportunity and are excited to announce that each graduate will be able to invite four guests to their school’s ceremony,” said Dr. Diana Sirko, superintendent of District 51 schools. 

Given the size of some of our graduating classes (ranging all the way up to 392 for Fruita Monument High School), having four guests per student will help maintain physical distancing guidelines both on the field and in the stands. This plan also gives D51 graduates more guests than many seniors in the state, who have been or will be limited to no guests or two guests per graduate. Still, we know some people will not be able to attend or who do not wish to attend due to health concerns. Information will be provided over the coming weeks about ways in which those who cannot attend will be able to view video of the ceremonies and listen to the ceremonies on the radio. 

The dates for graduations are listed below, as well as specific safety protocols.  
Central High School - 8 a.m. Friday, July 10
Palisade High School - 8 p.m. Friday, July 11
Grand Junction High School - 8 a.m. Saturday, July 11
Fruita Monument High School - 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11
Grand River Academy - 8 a.m. Monday, July 13
R-5 High School - 8 p.m. Monday, July 13

*Dates and protocols are subject to change based on Mesa County Public Health recommendations at the time of the ceremony. 

Principals will be in touch with families of graduating seniors today to let them know about graduation procedures specific to their school’s ceremony. Below are a few of the items graduates and their guests should know.


All guests must have a ticket in order to attend graduation. Those tickets will be given to each graduate by the school office at least one week before the graduation ceremony. Each school will provide more information about how to obtain tickets. 


A graduate’s guests can sit together in areas that will be marked 6 feet apart from other groups of guests to ensure social distancing.  Split families will be accommodated.

Face masks

Graduates will receive masks with their school logo printed on them and are expected to wear a mask walking into, during, and while leaving a ceremony. Guests and staff are also encouraged to wear masks. 

Health measures

Medically vulnerable individuals and people with symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or fever, should stay home, and we ask that guests only come from within Mesa County in order to prevent the spread of disease to and from other areas. 

While the bulk of District 51 graduations are taking place in July, some D51 graduations have already taken place. Gateway School, which had a single graduate participate in a ceremony on May 20, and Mesa Valley Community School, which hosted individual graduations for its 25 seniors May 14-15.

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