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Indianapolis Public Schools will hold virtual graduations due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Indianapolis Public Schools moved its 2020 graduation ceremonies online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indianapolis Public Schools will move its high school graduation ceremonies online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The district announced Tuesday that its four high schools will each hold virtual ceremonies June 4-5 that will be pre-recorded and broadcast on Facebook.

“We didn’t make this decision lightly,” IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson said in an emailed statement. “We assembled an advisory group of high school seniors to get their ideas. In the end, students wanted to mark their graduation, as scheduled, in June and felt a virtual celebration was a fitting option in a time of social distancing.”

The city’s central district, the largest in the state, has more than 1,200 seniors.

Schools across Indiana and the nation have been forced to rethink traditional graduation ceremonies while local and state restrictions are in place to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. While some schools have moved the pomp and circumstance online, others are looking to venues such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or school parking lots to mark the occasion while maintaining social distancing. A few, such as Mishawaka High School, still want to hold in-person ceremonies if possible later in the year.

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