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Marian Catholic High School will host its 59th commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The ceremony originally was scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to extreme heat. 

Results of a survey distributed to students and their families indicated overwhelming support for a socially distanced, in-person ceremony.

Graduates and their guests will sit together in family “pods” on Dave Mattio Field. In compliance with State of Illinois restrictions on large gatherings, the number of guests is limited for each graduate. 

Adequate spacing will be allotted between family groups to maintain appropriate social distancing. Guests will be allowed to progress to the stage area with their graduate so that everyone has a front-row seat for the conferring of their student’s diploma.

Graduates and guests will be required to wear masks at all times, except for when the graduate is walking across the stage.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all in attendance as well as abide by state guidelines, temperature checks and symptom screenings will be performed prior to entry to the stadium. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the space.

The 213 members of Marian Catholic’s Class of 2020 will attend over 93 colleges and universities in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and two countries, the United Kingdom and Japan. 

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