County Schools to Hold Online Ceremony as First Part of Graduation Celebrations

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In light of the continuing restrictions imposed by Governor Northam, Roanoke County Public Schools is planning to celebrate the Class of 2020 in multiple parts.

Part one will take the form of online graduation ceremonies that will premiere on May 19 and 20.  Part two will be in-person celebrations to take place later this summer or fall.  These events will be scheduled once the current restrictions on large gatherings have been lifted.

“Our principals, our school board and I are 100-percent committed to having in-person ceremonies and celebrations eventually.  Our seniors have earned that,” said Dr. Ken Nicely, superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools.  “Meanwhile, our also seniors deserve to receive, on time, the diploma they have earned. We are working with our principals to produce an online ceremony to give our seniors a meaningful event for their scheduled graduation day, with the promise that there will be an in-person event later this year when it is possible. Doing both takes a lot of work, planning and effort, but our kids deserve for us to do everything we can, and I want to commend our high schools for their incredible efforts,” Nicely added.

Schools will be sending additional information to seniors in the coming days and weeks about graduation and additional celebrations and recognitions.  Online graduations will be streamed via the Roanoke County Public Schools website at www.rcps.us/graduation.