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SPPS Will Hold Virtual Graduations to Celebrate the Class of 2020

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) high school graduation ceremonies will be held virtually for the Class of 2020.

After engaging with school communities about graduation, SPPS acknowledges and recognizes the desire and clear preference for in-person events to honor 2020 graduates. Unfortunately, these in-person options are not recommended due to risk.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the statewide orders for social distancing and also host large events with many people. Additionally, SPPS considered postponing commencement ceremonies to August. This option is not recommended due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 responses from State, City and local venues.

SPPS will host virtual graduations for the Class of 2020. Additional details about what information we will need to gather from students for our virtual graduation ceremonies will be shared as soon as possible.

The virtual graduation ceremonies will allow us to honor individual school traditions with speakers and other elements of the program. All schools will host their virtual graduation ceremonies following the published calendar on spps.org. SPPS will use the same format for summer graduation in August 2020.

Detailed information about the distribution of diploma covers, caps, gowns and other adornments will be shared with families soon.

SPPS shares the disappointment our seniors and their families are experiencing. We understand this isn’t an ideal way to celebrate our graduates, but we ask for your patience and understanding as we celebrate our seniors in the best way possible.

There is no way to replicate the traditions of a high school graduation ceremony, but we are doing everything we can to make this a special time for everyone involved. 

We want our seniors to know that we, as a community, support them. We see what they’re going through, and even though their senior year looks different than anyone expected, they are still seniors, and this is still a time to celebrate their accomplishments.