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Pennsylvania District To Host Graduation Ceremony At Drive-In Movie Theater


The Washington Post (4/7, Stein) reports on efforts by Hanover Area School District Superintendent Nathan Barrett to “salvage his Pennsylvania school district’s graduation ceremony” by hosting it at a local drive-in movie theater. On June 4, the district’s nearly 200 seniors and their families “will drive to the theater, remain in their cars, and the students will receive their diplomas — or symbolically receive them, depending on what the guidance is at the time from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Barrett said he is currently “waiting to determine whether students will be permitted to leave their vehicles when their names are called to collect their diplomas from an administrator.”

Gov. Murphy eases diploma requirements, says spring graduation ceremonies unlikely

High school seniors who have not met the state’s assessment requirements due to the coronavirus crisis will be allowed to graduate this year, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday, when he also eased the rules around teacher evaluations.

But, in less welcome news for the class of 2020, Murphy said it seems unlikely that graduation ceremonies scheduled for this spring will proceed as planned.

California Schools Chief Says High School Graduations Unlikely This Year

The Los Angeles Times (4/7, Blume, Kohli) reports California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said Tuesday that parents and students should not expect traditional high school graduation ceremonies this year. He said, “We understand it’s disappointing for those of you who would hope to be in a graduation procession in May or June.” Thurmond’s acknowledgment was “no surprise” to education officials across the state, “but students and parents have held out hope that somehow the coronavirus pandemic might be contained in time.” In the meantime, Thurmond said he heard “of school districts planning ‘virtual’ graduation ceremonies or traditional cap-and-gown events when it’s safe to gather again.”


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