Dear Ames High seniors, staff, and commencement guests,
We are writing to regretfully inform you that we will not be holding the Ames High commencement ceremony this Sunday, June 21. Please know that this communication comes with a great deal of disappointment and regret as we very much wanted to make graduation happen for you all this Sunday. As a senior class, you have been amazingly resilient, patient, and positive as we have navigated numerous challenges throughout your senior year.
Most of you know, Story County, and specifically the City of Ames, is experiencing a sudden and significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Throughout COVID-19, our priority has been the safety of our students, staff, and families. We are unable to ensure that this event can be held in a manner that creates an environment that aligns with this ongoing priority. Again, the postponement of this ceremony comes with much regret.
In April, we communicated three prospective dates for the commencement ceremony. We will revisit those options with our staff and school board, and will continue to collaborate with the Story County Health Department to align our ceremony with guidance for providing an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone as our priority.
Our intent in this commencement remains to honor the Class of 2020 with a celebration that they deserve while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority. As a school district and school board, we apologize once again for this last-minute change. We appreciate the support and grace we have received from our community as we lead through this unprecedented and unforeseeable time and we look forward to our next opportunity to celebrate this senior class with you.