Graduation will benefit from state reopening

    St. James graduation will benefit from Governor Mike Parson’s announcement last week that Missouri would fully reopen and enter Phase 2 of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan. Seniors will be allowed to bring more guests than expected, but social distancing will still be encouraged.

Seniors will now be allowed to bring eight guests—up from four—to graduation, which will be held at the Multi-sports Complex. Those who wish to bring their own chairs will be able to set up with their families and social distance. There will also be some room in the stands, which will be set up to allow families to be together, but seating will be limited. Plans are also in place to keep graduates and board members distanced during the ceremony.
    The event will be held at 8 p.m., with the main gate being opened at 6:30 p.m. Graduates must inform the district by June 22 the names of the guests. Those wanting to bring guests can contact Lori Garver at the high school by calling 573-261-3907 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Practice for graduation will be held on June 25 at 8 a.m. Seniors participating will need to bring their caps and gowns for pictures.
    Graduation will also be live-streamed and the link will be available on the school’s website at and shared on social media prior to the event. This will provide another way for those who cannot attend to still see their graduate as they receive their diploma.
    The district encourages those who attend to wear face masks. Guests are still encouraged to stick to family units and continue to practice social distancing as there are still safety concerns about groups gathering. The bleachers will be set up with every other row available for families to sit and maintain distancing protocols.
    The Missouri University of Science and Technology has agreed to lend a portable stage for the event and board members will be spread out on the stage as the graduation ceremony is held. Students will also be spread out on the field as they hold their graduation walk to receive their diploma.
    Participating in graduation is optional. Those not wishing to participate in graduation need to contact the office or email Principal Joe Stammers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    In the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m. After the ceremony, all guests are encouraged to leave the complex in a timely manner and the district asks that post-graduation pictures be taken off site to ensure public safety.

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