Massachusetts Green Lights Outdoor Graduations Starting July 19

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BOSTON The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education announced today that high schools may hold outdoor, in-person graduation ceremonies starting July 19, with local authority approval and under some state protocols.

Framingham High, Ashland High, & Lincoln-Sudbury High were scheduled to hold its Class of 2020 graduation on Sunday, June 7.

Keefe Technical is holding a drive-thru graduation on its planned graduation date.

Natick High has scheduled an in-person graduation on August 6 at the Memorial Field for the 440 seniors at 7 p.m.

The State said graduation ceremonies between today, May 22 and July 18 must be held virtually or via “car parades” or drive-thru.

Schools have been physically closed since March and the Governor declared that they must remain physically closed through the end of this school year.

Venues must be cleaned prior to the ceremony, and must be held outdoors.

Attendance for in-person graduations will be limited to immediate family members only and pre-registration will be required.

All attendees would be required to wear masks, except for children under the age of 2 and people with medical conditions

Speakers can remove their masks during their remarks.

No hugging or hand-shakes will be allowed during a ceremony.


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