Mississippi school district says it won’t let virus scare ruin high school graduation

Published 4:59 pm Friday, April 17, 2020

A Mississippi school district isn’t letting the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis completely ruin plans for the Class of 2020’s graduation.

Gulfport High School announced it would celebrate graduation with a little ingenuity and stitch it together with technology.

During the week of May 11 to 15th, each senior and up to four family members (parents and legal guardians only) will have a scheduled time to appear at the school’s auditorium.

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Once there, the seniors will have a cap and gown portrait taken by a professional photographer and each student will take a traditional walk across the stage to receive their diploma.

The school district says it will video each of these walks and will edit those along with other segments such as the Pledge of Allegiance, a performance by the school’s choir and speeches from the class valedictorian and salutatorian.

Once edited, the school district plans to air the finished video on the district’s website: admiralnation.com at 7 p.m. on May 27 – the school’s original graduation date.

The unique presentation will offer students a chance to “watch” their own graduation.