MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – During a speech to the Class of 2020, Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said they are planning a virtual graduation ceremony.
"I know your hearts have been broken with the unknown, not knowing if there would be a graduation this year," Carvalho said. "We are currently planning a virtual celebration ceremony of all of your accomplishments, individually celebrating each one of you."
The superintendent, making the announcement on Twitter, left the door open for a physical ceremony to be held in the summer months, or later, when restrictions are finally lifted.
Amanda Milian is a senior at Miami’s Slam Academy and feared she wouln’t have any graduation at all.
"Now with this new news, everybody is pretty happy that we still have a chance of getting that physical graduation," Milian said. "I mean, I do worry that perhaps not my entire senior class will be able to be there if we celebrate that physical graduation, if we get a chance to, so there’s always that worry in the back of my mind, but as long as I get some sort of graduation, where I can cross that stage and be in my cap and gown…I’ll be so happy."
Changes are coming to Broward County as well. Superintendent Robert Runcie sent out a tweet on Saturday, promising to announce their graduation plans later this week.
It has been a heartbreaking period for the Class of 2020. Plans for graduation will be announced next week. We’ve been meeting with students and administrators in order to create a graduation that will be heartwarming and memorable for each of our @browardschools— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) April 19, 2020