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story.lead_photo.caption Helen Wilbers/FULTON SUN Backed by the setting sun, graduates in Fulton High School’s Class of 2020 toss their caps into the air. The Fulton Board of Education is discussing to handle the 2021 graduation ceremony.

Many months after Fulton's first socially-distant graduation, the pandemic is once again a consideration.

At Wednesday's Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Fulton High School principal Kati Boland discussed plans for the Class of 2021 graduation.

Boland presented two possible locations — the FHS football field and Westminster College's Champ Auditorium.

Last year, the delayed graduation was held on the Fulton High School football field. Attendees were able to spread out on bleachers, including extra seating brought in from other FPS fields.

"We feel like it worked really well — we got a lot of positive feedback," Boland said.

Boland touted the merits of the football field option — not only would it be cheaper, more people could safely attend than at Champ Auditorium.

"It's our alma mater — there's something to be said about being out on their football field that they've been at for the last four years or even growing up through grade school and middle school," Boland said. "I think it kind of embodies the pride that we have in our school district."

There's also the chance that case counts at Westminster or in the community could make the auditorium unavailable at the last minute.

Currently, graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 28. If the weather is poor, the FHS Roger D. Davis Gym is a potential back-up location.

The make-up date if graduation is postponed is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29.

Before graduation, the school would work to improve live-streaming options as well to ensure all can fully enjoy the festivities.

Other COVID-19-inspired senior celebrations in 2020 included a car parade.

Graduating seniors decorated their vehicles and drove through town while community members waved and cheered from the ground.

"It was great to see the community come out and I think it's what the community needed at that point as well," Boland said. "It was neat to see."

Boland said she will approach the City of Fulton about the possibility of another senior car parade.

"We received so much positive feedback on that that I believe it's going to be one of those traditions we want to bring back," Boland said.

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