WHITMAN (CBS) — Whitman-Hanson Regional High School has canceled its in-person graduation ceremony because of a possible coronavirus exposure. The school said it did not want to risk getting anyone sick at the outdoor event that was scheduled for Friday evening.

“Early this morning we learned that some members of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District community were potentially exposed to COVID-19,” Superintendent Jeffrey Szymaniak and Principal Christopher Jones said in a notice to students and families Thursday. “After discussion concerning the amount of risk present and an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to cancel the in-person graduation.”

The school is planning a virtual graduation that will air Monday. They’re asking seniors to submit pictures in their graduation regalia by 8 p.m. Friday.

“We would like to offer our most sincere and heartfelt apologies to the Class of 2020 and their families. We all know that they have been excitedly planning and looking forward to the promise of an in person ceremony,” school officials said. “We are so disappointed that we will not be able to offer our seniors the milestone celebration they all deserve.”



  1. Mike McLeod says:

    After graduation practice today ,the kids and families get 24Hrs notice that graduation is cancelled? This is just another in a series of disappointments to our kids by the Whitman Hanson School District. I and many other parents are more than angry. They are teaching our kids it’s OK to break any promise at any time. Don’t even try to “virus shame ” me on this issue. This is a knee jerk reaction by the School District.

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