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Columbus City Schools Will Hold Virtual Graduation Ceremonies In June

Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus City Schools has announced plans for virtual graduation ceremonies this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Multiple virtual graduation ceremonies will take place during the week of June 22-27.

In an online statement, Superintendent Talisa Dixon says the district’s decision came from an effort to keep students, their families, staff and the community safe from COVID-19.

Each of the 19 high school’s events will be streamed live on the Columbus City Schools Facebook page and YouTube channel.  They will also air on the Columbus Educational Access channel.

Dixon says the ceremony will include a nationally-renowned commencement speaker, remarks from the superintendent, the principal, and a valedictorian from each school. Each graduating senior’s name will be read and a photo of each graduate in cap and gown will be shown.

Schools around the state have been shut down through the summer. It's still unclear if in-person classes will resume this fall.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.