Area High Schools Make Alternate Plans For Graduation Ceremonies Due To Social Distancing Restrictions


Graduation weekend will look considerably different, as at least partial shutdowns continue. Area schools were to have hosted commencement exercises this weekend, but those plans are on hold, with tentative dates set for most districts later this summer.

Today’s Country 95.5 KNDY will air a salute to the seniors Sunday afternoon at 2:30, on FM 95.5. That was to have been the time for graduation, which has been reset for Sunday, July 26th at 2:30 in the Jr./Sr. High Activities Center.

Marysville has 79 seniors this year.

Valley Heights commencement has been set for Saturday, July 25th at 11 a.m. with a location to be announced for 24 seniors. Hanover and Linn high schools have both rescheduled graduation for Sunday, June 21st at 1 p.m. Hanover has 22, and Linn 13 seniors this year. Axtell commencement is slated for Sunday, July 26th at 3 with 13 seniors, Washington County graduation is Saturday, July 18th at 2 with 25 seniors. Finally, Nemaha Central has marked June 21st or July 19th at the high school stadium for their 49 seniors.

We have yet to confirm alternate dates for USD 380. Frankfort has 14 seniors, and Centralia 24. In Nebraska, Diller-Odell has 20, and Southern at Wymore 35 seniors. Several communities have hosted or are planning drive by graduate salutes of various types.

KNDY continues a tradition of senior salutes airing this week and next, and congratulates all of the area graduates.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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