Andover High, a traditional four-year public school in Andover, Minnesota, United States has likely planned to hold its graduation ceremony online this year.
On Friday, the principal Philip Conrad and other senior class advisors collectively made an announcement about updates to several year-end events at the school.
Principal Conrad made a statement saying, “This public health crisis has created a new situation which causes us to rethink how we can honor our seniors and their accomplishments.
We will focus on the ways in which we can come together, support one another, and honor what it means to be the class of 2020. Our goal is to be flexible while honoring our responsibility to keep everyone safe and healthy.”
Since the graduation ceremony is going to be held online, the school has also allowed its students to take photos in their caps and gowns with their friends and families in the school ground after the pandemic ends.
The students will also get their yearbooks and class mementos on campus after the school reopens. The school has planned all safety measures with the help of the Andover Health Division and Police Department, so they could practice social distancing measures.
In addition, all in-person school events scheduled for the week of May 25 has also been canceled. To this, the Principal said:
“I recognize this news is devastating to many of our seniors and their families; graduation and year-end celebrations re major milestones in life.
These events mark new beginnings for our students and reinforce a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.
We all are very deeply disappointed, but are embracing the idea that these celebrations can still be awesome, inclusive, and as unique as the class of 2020.”