The Class of 2020 has had another, and maybe the biggest, part of their senior year pulled out from under them.
The Minnesota Department of Education is advising schools against holding in-person graduation and commencement celebrations.
The top recommendation is for schools to hold virtual ceremonies that can be conducted remotely–ensuring attendees do not need to leave their homes.
The Health Department’s Susan Klammer said it’s difficult to ensure safety in traditional ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the graduates are spaced out.
The guidelines do not allow for gymnasium or football field gatherings, but they do provide public health guidance on what schools, colleges or universities need to consider for safe celebrations outside of the home–such as car parades or parking lot ceremonies.