CORAL SPRINGS, FL – There will be graduation ceremonies for Broward County schools’ Class of 2020 – but they will be virtual.

Broward County Public Schools said Wednesday that virtual graduation ceremonies for each high school will be between June 15-28, and will include “all of the traditional pomp and circumstance,” including speeches and roll call of graduates.

Each graduation ceremony will be broadcasted live on BECON-TV and streamed live. The date for each school’s graduation, along with more details, will be announced on May 1.

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Traditional graduation ceremonies had to be nixed because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Deciding to have a virtual graduation came after input from administrators, teachers, and students.

In a message to seniors, Superintendent Robert Runcie said in a news release: “After completing more than a decade of schooling, you have reached a proud milestone and are ready to jump into the next chapter of life…With the education and training you have received, you are well prepared to be successful on whatever path you take. Our goal is to use technology to make your graduation personal and memorable.”

Beau Simon, student advisor to the School Board of Broward County and senior at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, said students want the virtual ceremonies to include traditional aspects of graduations.

“The District has been meeting with seniors to hear our ideas about graduation. We’ve been clear about wanting a traditional graduation, but we also know that we’re making sacrifices right now for our own health and safety, and for the greater good,” said Simon in the news release. “With that as a background, the District has worked to create a plan that brings the characteristics of a traditional graduation into a virtual one. It includes things we said are important to us. It will allow us to make memories.”

 

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