Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will host virtual graduation ceremonies for Arsenal Technical, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge high schools for the Class of 2020.
Due to health risks associated with COVID-19, the district administration — along with input from high school principals and current seniors — decided in the best interest of students, families and staff to replace traditional in-person graduations with online commencement exercises.
“We didn’t make this decision lightly,” said Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent. “We assembled an advisory group of high school seniors to get their ideas. In the end, students wanted to mark their graduation, as scheduled, in June and felt a virtual celebration was a fitting option in a time of social distancing.”
Each school will have its own individual virtual ceremony, which will include many of the unique traditions they have observed over time. Commencements will be pre-recorded and livestreamed for graduates to enjoy with their families and friends.
The ceremonies, to be shown via each school’s Facebook page, will take place as follows:
Crispus Attucks High School – 3 p.m.
Arsenal Technical High School – 6 p.m.
Shortridge High School – 2 p.m.
George Washington High School – 6 p.m.
Preparations for the virtual graduations are ongoing and more details will be released in the coming weeks.