Roncalli planning outdoor graduation on Sunday, May 17

ABERDEEN, S.D. ( – Aberdeen Roncalli will hold its graduation ceremony at the school on Sunday, May 17, but because of the coronavirus pandemic the event will take place outside instead of inside.

The ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. at the practice football field behind the school.

Tim Weisz, President of the Aberdeen Catholic School System, said the plan allows the school to celebrate those who are graduating while observing the recommended guidelines for social distancing.

He said that spots will be marked off for each family on the football field to help ensure the safety for all in attendance.

The event will be available on Facebook Live and can also be heard on Hub City Radio.

Roncalli has 36 seniors this year.

Weisz said if the weather looks to be an issue, the graduation ceremony will be moved up to Saturday, May 16.