Fargo Public Schools announced Friday, May 15, that high school graduation ceremonies will be in-person events and they will be held on dates originally planned.
The district previously said that due to the coronavirus outbreak, graduations would be virtual celebrations held on their scheduled dates, with physical celebrations in late July.
Under the new plan, in-person graduations are slated for May, and Fargo Public Schools will forgo holding graduation ceremonies in July.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has updated an earlier K-12 executive order and made it possible for school districts to host in-person graduations under social distancing guidelines.
Fargo Public Schools now plans to employ those guidelines to host in-person graduations on the originally scheduled graduation dates. The ceremonies in Fargo will be for graduates only.
The West Fargo School District earlier announced that it, too, will hold in-person graduation ceremonies. The district updated those plans Friday by announcing that ceremonies at all three West Fargo high schools will only be for students and select staff.
West Fargo school officials said the decision was made in consultation with Essentia Health, Fargo Cass Public Health, other local school districts and government agencies.
Here are ceremony times and places for graduations in West Fargo, based on the latest information from the district:
- Community High School, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the West Fargo High School football field
- West Fargo High School, 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the football field
- Sheyenne High School, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Sheyenne High School football field
Below are the graduation ceremony times and locations for Fargo high schools:
- Woodrow Wilson High School: 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Agassiz.
- Davies High School: noon Sunday, May 31, at the Davies High School football stadium.
- North High School: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the North High School football stadium.
- South High School: noon Sunday, May 31, at South High School.
- Adult Learning Center GED Graduation: to be announced.
Although the ceremonies in Fargo will be for graduates only, the events will be live streamed on YouTube.
Burgum updated his K-12 executive order to allow some testing and summer school opportunities to occur beginning June 1.
Now, Fargo Public Schools plans to provide an opportunity for students at the Adult Learning Center to take their GED test in June and be included in a graduation ceremony on a later date.
Moorhead High School plans to hold a virtual graduation ceremony starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.