Ceremonies for 2020 Graduating Class will be as unique as their school year

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Ceremonies for 2020 Graduating Class will be as unique as their school year
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STUDENTS HANDLE CHANGES WITH GRACE AND RESILIENCE

While adhering to Governor Abbott’s orders and guidance from Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, school officials met with this year’s graduating seniors and their parents, working out plans to hold commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 scheduled for next week.

In the wake of Gov. Abbott’s relaxation of executive orders last week, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) rolled out guidance for school districts statewide. TEA advised school officials multiple options and measures to take that would allow districts to host graduation ceremonies that would not conflict with the Governor’s orders.

Districts could choose one of four potential options: A completely virtual ceremony, hybrid ceremony—a compilation video of students filmed individually or it small groups—vehicle ceremonies—where attendees observe the event from their cars, and graduates give speeches and accept diplomas at designated times—and outdoor in-person ceremonies—where graduates and family members attend an outdoor event but with limited capacity to maintain maximum social distancing.

 

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