MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has essentially banned large-scale high school and college graduation ceremonies to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It's encouraging schools to hold online ceremonies instead.
The Minnesota Department of Education issued guidance saying indoor graduations and ceremonies held outside in stadiums and on football fields are not permitted. It says such gathering are not considered safe at any size.
The department acknowledges how much students in the class of 2020 have sacrificed this year, and how disappointing it is for them not to participate in the milestones and traditions they had imagined.
"The health and safety of our students and their families will always be our top priority," said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. "This year's graduation ceremonies will look different than they traditionally do, and I am confident our schools will find creative ways to recognize the incredible work and commitment of our graduating students. The class of 2020 persisted in their education through this unprecedented and uncertain time with a school experience that was difficult to navigate. I am proud of these students, I am inspired by these students, and I congratulate them on never giving up and reaching this major milestone."
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