ROCKFORD — The region’s largest public school system announced Monday evening that it will have virtual graduation ceremonies and mid-summer proms this year because of the global pandemic.
Virtual graduation ceremonies are scheduled for each high school’s class of 2020. They will be aired on the district’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Ceremonies will be held online starting May 29 and ending June 2. They will air on 13-WREX, as well.
Graduates will pick up diplomas at their schools following the airing of their school’s online commencement.
“This is an unpredictable time,” district officials wrote in a letter to families and staff. “We don't know yet whether the governor's restrictions will allow large group gatherings anytime soon. If restrictions are lifted, each high school will host an event later this summer for graduates to gather at school in their cap and gown to take pictures.”
Senior proms have been tentatively rescheduled for July, although officials say those plans could change.
“A decision to reschedule or cancel prom will hinge on what type of gatherings are allowed by the governor's office, Illinois Department of Public Health and Winnebago County Health Department,” officials stated in the letter. “Unfortunately, there's no good virtual option for prom.
“We know graduation and senior prom are major milestones for our students and their friends and families. We will do everything we can to appropriately celebrate.”
Corina Curry: firstname.lastname@example.org; @corinacurry