Parade for Ball High Seniors

Graduating Ball High School seniors cheer during a parade honoring the class of 2020 in Galveston last week.

The school year isn't ending as hoped or expected for the class of 2020. Restrictions put in place to help stem the spread of COVID-19 put proms, graduations and other senior rites of passage on hold or shelved them completely.

But restrictions are lifting and high schools are rethinking their graduation plans.

The Question of the Week is:


• Host video-conferenced ceremonies and encourage families to hold small, in-person watch parties within their households.

• Hold drive-by ceremonies where students and families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at a time with their families alongside them.

• Forget official ceremonies; celebrate graduates with parades and other creative, socially distanced events.

• Hold regular, traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies with some precautions, such as masks and limited capacity, in place.

• Hold regular, traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies. Period.

Vote now, and look for the responses online and in the print edition on May 26.

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