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School District announces virtual graduations

Possibility of in-person ceremony if conditions change

Series: Coronavirus | Story 177

Last updated 5/7/2020 at 10:53pm

High school seniors will get their 2020 graduations. As expected, however, they will be virtual ones.

"It is just not possible to hold any kind of in-person ceremony in June," said Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab in a news release and letter to parents and guardians. That' s based on the announcement from Gov. Jay Inslee that the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order remains in place through May 31.

"We are committed and excited to honor our graduates and we will move forward with virtual graduations," Schwab said. "These will be high-quality virtual ceremonies where we will recognize the senior class at each of our high schools."

Each individual high school – including Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale – is currently working on the plans to produce their own virtual graduation ceremony for their seniors with the support of the company Jostens and Everett-based video production company, Life N Light.

The district is leaving the possibility open to hold an in-person ceremony later in the summer if conditions surrounding COVID-19 change.

"We recognize not having an in-person ceremony is disappointing to you and your families, who deserve to experience this major milestone through the traditions you have waited many years to participate in," Schwab said.

"I want to let you know how proud the Edmonds School District is of our seniors. The COVID-19 pandemic has you dealing with a situation unlike anything you, and just about everyone else, have ever experienced. Through it all, you have been doing an incredible job working your way toward the finish line to earn your diploma."

The district's plan will be to stream the ceremony for each high school on the date and time that the original in-person ceremony was scheduled. More specific information will be coming out soon from each high school about virtual graduation plans and any other senior celebrations.


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