Hamilton City Schools has canceled its high school graduation and scheduled a virtual commencement ceremony later this month, Superintendent Michael Holbrook wrote in a letter to families.
Due to the ban on all mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the original graduation ceremony at Millett Hall scheduled for May 19 has been canceled.
Since large group gatherings of this type are prohibited at this time, Hamilton is planning to honor its seniors with a virtual commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 21, Holbrook wrote.
He wrote that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine may ease the restrictions on mass gatherings. If that happens, an in-person graduation ceremony may be held at 6:30 p.m. July 30 at the Hamilton High School’s Virgil M. Schwarm Stadium.
The in-person graduation ceremony is “unlikely” due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Holbrook wrote.
“This is certainly not how we envisioned honoring our seniors, however, we are taking an approach that is flexible and balanced as we attempt to recognize our seniors and also ensure their safe exit to a bright future filled with multiple milestones and achievements,” he wrote.
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