Barren County High School rehearses for in-person graduation

GLASGOW, Ky. – Graduating seniors of Barren County High School in Glasgow spent Thursday practicing for an in-person graduation set to take place at 2 p.m. May 15. This year’s graduation will be the first one held on the new football field. Students are thrilled to spend their big moments on this field.

“I think it’s a really cool opportunity, especially since we get more seating options since we’re doing it on the football field instead,” said Barren County High School graduate Chloe Sharp.

Through most of Thursday, the students practiced the flow of the day. The graduation will not incorporate handshakes. Graduates will be masked when walking in, but can remove them when sitting, since there are less than 1,000. Those in the stands must always remain masked. Students say they’re very thankful for the work that went into this.

“They’ve worked so hard to give us most of the stuff seniors normally get. I just couldn’t be more thankful for that,” said graduate Layton Coffey.

Last year’s graduation was drive through style. While students say they loved that as well, they’re looking forward to spending this memorable moment in a more normal setting.

“At the beginning of the year, we didn’t know if we’d have a graduation. We didn’t know what would be going on. We saw what happened last year and the senior class officers got together and decided that we wanted to make sure that we did something that would be memorable,” said graduate Ross Jessie.

Trojan Trail will be blocked off during the ceremony, so anyone wishing to attend needs to be on time. Attendees are also asked to hold applause until all graduates have been recognized.