Kalamazoo seniors graduate … finally

After multiple changed plans and postponements, Kalamazoo's high school graduations were held this week.

There were caps and gowns. People gave speeches. Pomp and Circumstance played. But 2020’s graduation ceremonies were far from normal for Kalamazoo Public Schools’ seniors.

KPS’s three high schools held graduation ceremonies on three consecutive nights: Phoenix High School on Tuesday, Loy Norrix High School on Wednesday, and Kalamazoo Central High School on Thursday. The events were originally set to be held online-only until parents complained and the district relented.

A young woman in a white gown and graduation cap stands in front of a microphone.
Senior Rahya Kelley speaks during the graduation ceremony for Kalamazoo Central High School on August 6, 2020.

The ceremonies were held outdoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students were only allowed to invite five guests who were required to wear masks and social distance.

The graduations come just a few weeks before school is set to begin for the 2020-2021 school year. KPS, along with many other districts, have decided to hold the first 12 weeks of classes online-only in order to keep students and staff safe from the coronavirus.

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