There won’t be much pomp because of the circumstances, but high school graduation ceremonies will still occur in some form.

The most difficult question to answer is this: How?

What’s the safest option upon which schools can settle while still making the event as special as possible for the class of 2020?

Fairview announced on Facebook it will line the yards of its 43 seniors with cards to celebrate their final year. That’s a fabulous idea for a small school. Paintsville has been posting its “Senior Superlatives” such as “biggest flirt” and “Mr. and Miss PHS” as well as “Senior Spotlights” on its Facebook page.

Plenty of schools utilize Herff Jones as a resource. On its website is a list of options for graduation.

Mixing a few of those ideas together, one option could be this: Host an online ceremony consisting of brief, personal videos from each student, including assorted speeches from the valedictorian and others of that school’s choosing. With a recording “Pomp and Circumstance” playing in the background, audio of an educator from that school announcing each name will play as each capped-and-gowned student is seen moving their tassel. Each student can hold his or her diploma in the hand not used for rotating the cap.

The above assembled video can be broadcast for all to see at a certain time and date.

One positive note about this COVID-19 pandemic happening in 2020 is we have a lot of technology at our disposal.

Some are entertaining the idea of drive-in events, too.

Several schools will wait a few more weeks to assess the situation for summer possibilities. However, it’s hard to envision mass gatherings being permitted any time soon.

We at The Daily Independent have empathy for these seniors. It’s hard to imagine a senior year with no traditional prom, no spring sports (which would have included a much-anticipated final season) and no normal graduation ceremony.

We wish the best to this class and to leaders of area schools as they make tough decisions.

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