Jefferson City High School's graduation has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The ceremony, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, was postponed to noon Saturday at Adkins Stadium.
"It seems as if we cannot catch a break in dealing with Mother Nature; we want to ensure that you have a dry ceremony focused on your class' accomplishments instead of the weather and intermittent downpours," Principal Bob James wrote in a letter to senior families Friday.
Gates for guests will open at 11 a.m. Saturdya. Students must arrive at that time and report directly to staff on the football field, according to a letter James sent to families Thursday.
"We will do our very best to seat students A-M on the right side of the stadium and students N-Z on the left side (as you face the field)," James wrote. "Students graduating with valedictorian or salutatorian honors will be seated in the front row."
Diplomas will be available for pickup from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 3 or between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. any business day.
If necessary Saturday, two ceremonies will be held indoors at the Fleming Fieldhouse gymnasium, according to a news release from Jefferson City School District Communications Director Ryan Burns. A ceremony for students with last names that begin with A-M will be at noon, and for students with last names N-Z at 3 p.m.
If an indoor event is necessary, the district will send a message at 8 a.m. Saturday to students' email addresses, post to social media, post to the JCHS counseling website, and send a text alert.
If the ceremony is held indoors, masks will be required for all attendees, and seating will be available in the cafeteria where the ceremony will be livestreamed. Graduates will be limited to four guests each, and guest seating will be located in the balcony seats above the gymnasium floor. Guests will be checked in at the Union Street and Jay Drive entrances.
"Regardless of venue, social distancing will be at the sole discretion of the individual guest(s)," James wrote in the letter. "JCSD encourages all of our guests to be considerate and maximize social distancing where possible."
A livestream of the ceremony can be viewed on the district's YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/JCSchoolsVideos/videos.