Tennessee asks schools to get creative for graduation ceremonies

Posted at 8:07 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 09:07:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There's a lot of disappointment this year for graduating seniors who didn't get to finish their last year of high school. Now the State of Tennessee is encouraging schools to get creative to give seniors a proper send-off.

The Tennessee Department of Education just released some graduation guidelines to districts all across the state. While there are many ways to still celebrate, the state says safety needs to come first.

The decision to hold a ceremony is up school boards and superintendents. If they decide to hold one, they’ll need to work with their local health departments.

The state is asking districts to get creative, like holding graduation at a stadium with limited guests and practicing social distancing. They also suggested holding a drive-in style ceremony or even a drive-by ceremony at the school.

They also said it’s possible to hold several, smaller commencements.

“It's something where we're encouraging districts to share with one another. We've had a lot of creative ideas. We will update that guidance as we get more information and we appreciate the commitment that our districts have to celebrating our seniors. It's a big milestone and we know how important it is to our families,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

Virtual graduations are also an option. The state says if schools want a traditional commencement, they can just postpone it until late summer or fall.


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