Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore says 2020 graduates will be celebrated in Madison’s first virtual graduation experience. Belmore says an in-person celebration will happen once it is safe to gather in large groups.
“We’re also planning an in-person class of 2020 celebration event. Not a graduation ceremony, but a venue that will give our students, staff and families an opportunity to come together,” she says
High school Services Director Micheal Hernadez says the next step is getting permission from parents to feature their students on the broadcast, in the magazine, and on billboards.
“And I know this will not replace in-person graduation, but I think that this is going to be a very special event that we’re going to be putting on hand-in-hand with these partners,” he says.
Morgan Murphy Media will be making the graduation video and Adams Outdoor Advertising is working on the billboard features.
Cris Carusi is a school board member and also a parent of a senior. She says the hardest part of the abrupt end of school is not the cancellation of graduation.
“The countless moment they would have had to say goodbye to their community of friends peers and adult mentors. For many of these kids, this community has been in the making since they entered kindergarten in 2007, and it has been torn apart by this pandemic,” she says.
On June 12th and 13th, Madison will be able to watch a special 2020 virtual graduation on WISC TV and Channel 3000.
In higher education graduation plans, UW Madison has announced they will have a pre-taped, virtual commencement for over 8,000 graduates this Saturday.