Ashley County’s high school seniors will celebrate their graduations in non-traditional ways over the coming weeks, but there will be traditional ceremonies later in the summer for Crossett and Hamburg schools. 

The middle of May is typically filled with graduation festivities, but this year those activities were canceled and the traditional ceremonies postponed because of social distancing concerns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Crossett Interim Mayor Crystal Marshall said the city has put together a ride for seniors, which will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, in downtown Crossett. 

Crossett High School will have a virtual graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 22 via Facebook and YouTube, and a traditional ceremony is scheduled for July 25 with the time and place to be announced at a later date. 

Hamburg’s graduation ceremony will be 10 a.m. July 11 at Campbell Field. 

The Hamburg event is contingent on the state guidelines not changing as well as the construction of the football field. 

Hamburg school officials said they are expecting the construction at Campbell field to be completed by July 11, but will have an alternate site planned if needed. 

Any senior who wants to participate in Friday’s ride needs to be at Crossett High School at 3 p.m. Friday to line up.  The parade will start at the high school and travel south down Martin Luther King Drive and take a left on Main Street. 

The parade will travel down Main Street to Second Avenue where it will turn left toward Martin Luther King Drive. The parade will then travel down Martin Luther King Drive back to CHS. 

“Seniors, we hope this event shows you our Crossett Eagle Pride not only for your accomplishments, but for your incredible grace and dignity during these unprecedented times,” Marshall said. 

“To all those who reached out with this idea, we cannot thank you enough for coming forth and helping bring the idea to life.”

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