With the help of representatives from Sporting Kansas City, the Kansas City, Kansas soccer club that plays out of Children’s Mercy Park near the Legends Outlets in Wyandotte County, the district is excited to share that it has quickly developed an alternative plan that will allow us to celebrate our seniors in-person in a venue and through a format that will unquestionably support social distancing and health guidelines.
Because of the size of the Children’s Mercy Park stadium, the park’s comprehensive social distancing plan is in compliance with Kansas public health guidelines and will allow our seniors to graduate on the soccer pitch with 2,500 proud guests in the audience. (That means each student can bring up to four people.)
Venue technology will automatically assign seats for each family group before the ceremony and can ensure that the members of our graduates’ cheering section are systemically socially distanced throughout the 18,000-capacity stadium’s vast seating options. Guests will wear masks while entering, exiting and moving around the stadium, but will not be required to wear them at their seats.
Our graduates will sit on the park pitch and participate in a traditional ceremony — complete with student speeches and a walk across the stage. The ceremony will be projected on the park’s large video board, utilize in-house sound and will also be live-streamed by an in-house technician, ensuring a high-quality stream for those who cannot celebrate with us in person. The park will be able to provide security, as well as parking attendants to ensure families safely enter the stadium in a socially distanced manner.
IMPORTANT: In order to make this opportunity a reality, the district has quickly confirmed Sunday, July 26 as the date to host all our graduation ceremonies. Again, graduation ceremonies will no longer be held on Saturday, July 25 and will occur at staggered times on Sunday, July 26. It is also important to know that this is a rain or shine event.
The time of the ceremonies will be as follows:
Lee’s Summit High School, 3:30 p.m.
Lee’s Summit North High School, 6 p.m.
Lee’s Summit West High School, 8:30 p.m.
Details regarding a Summit Ridge Academy ceremony will be forthcoming from SRA leadership.
Your building principal will communicate about ticket information, parking information and other event logistics.