HOLLAND — Holland Public Schools is holding a pick-up and drop-off day for graduating seniors on Wednesday, May 13, the last scheduled day of school for seniors.


Holland High, Early College, and Virtual Tech graduates will be asked to drop off their Chromebooks while picking up their cap and gown and a graduation gift from HPS.


The pick-up/drop-off will be held in the circle drive at the high school off Van Raalte Avenue. To avoid long lines and large crowds, the district is suggesting time periods based on last names.


Those with last names beginning with A through G are asked to come from 10-11 a.m., last names beginning with H through P to come between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and last names beginning with Q through Z to come between 12-1 p.m.


For students or families unable to come during the day, a second window will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., also on May 13.


The event will be held in “drive-thru” fashion, with the district asking no one leave their vehicle while they await assistance.


Jostens will be in touch with graduates from Holland High and Early College to advise if they owe money for their cap and gown, the district said.


While graduation may look significantly different than originally planned, HPS is working on plans for a ceremony.


Superintendent Brian Davis said the original graduation date of May 26 isn’t fully off the table, but the district is working on alternative plans.


“We’re keeping options open for May, but we recognize that likely won’t occur,” he said. “We have a couple of alternate dates in mind, those would be in late July or early August.”


Holding a May ceremony would be contingent on the prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people being lifted. If that happens, Davis said some social distancing measures would likely still be in effect.


Davis said HPS is working with Hope College to use the college’s facilities for a postponed ceremony, as graduation was planned to be held at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse.


Davis added HPS surveyed students and parents about their thoughts on potential graduation alternatives, and the district hopes to send out a communication on the topic soon.


— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at mboatman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.