Homer Center schools sign 02

CENTER TOWNSHIP — Homer-Center School District officials announced Saturday that the Class of 2020 would graduate in an open-air ceremony with a live crowd of families and friends in the high school football stadium.

Commencement for Homer-Center High School seniors will begin at 11 a.m. June 6 at Memorial Field, school Principal Jody Rainey said.

With concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, each graduate will be allowed to bring four guests. Social distancing would be practiced in the bleachers and on the field. The program will include honors and awards for the designated valedictorian, Katherine Burgess, and salutatorian Savanna Ahlborn.

Speakers at Homer-Center graduation will include class Vice President Morgan Faris, the welcome address; the seniors’ selected speaker, Carter Cavalier; the faculty-chosen speaker, Kathryn Nippes; the alumni speaker, Dan Sacco, Laura Lamar High School Class of 1965; and class Treasurer Wyatt McElheny, closing remarks.

The graduates will exit the stadium in a crosstown recessional of families in their cars led by apparatus from the Homer City, Coral-Graceton and Aultman volunteer fire companies from Memorial Field to Main Street and disbanding on Greenville Road.

Rainey said the graduating seniors should expect more details of the graduation events in their school email accounts in the coming days.