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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Apr. 10, 2020 5 months ago

OCPS postpones graduation ceremonies

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Graduation ceremonies may be delayed until June or July, the district said.
by: Danielle Hendrix Associate Editor

Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies are being postponed, Orange County Public Schools announced Thursday, April 9.

As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' safe-at-home order continues and state public schools remain closed through at least May 1, OCPS made the decision to postpone graduation ceremonies for all of its high schools.

DeSantis said in a press conference April 9 that he was not ready to announce a return-to-school date, and OCPS stated his decision is critical to the district's plans.

According to OCPS, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins is working with her student advisory council. High school principals also have received input from student government representatives regarding options. Some options that have been discussed include smaller ceremonies in school auditoriums or football stadiums, as well as virtual ceremonies.'

"We know this has been a difficult time of uncertainty for our seniors," OCPS stated. "In the superintendent's discussions with students, she has heard their disappointment but also witnessed their resilience."

Final graduation plans will be announced as soon as possible, but the district said it believes ceremonies may be delayed until June or July.

Danielle Hendrix is the Associate Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Central Florida, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in world comparative studies. ...

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