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Can schools hold graduation ceremonies?

Last Updated: 07/24/2020

School districts may hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies.

Drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ceremonies will be permitted subject to requirements for K-12 commencement ceremonies.

Outdoor ceremonies must comply with the 500-person limit on outdoor gatherings. Social distancing must be in place, and face masks are required whenever social distancing is difficult to maintain.

No one who has traveled through a COVID-19 hotspot – whether a student or family member – should be participating in or attending a graduation ceremony.

To learn more about the requirements for in-person graduation ceremonies, refer to the Department of Education's guidance for K-12 schools.

The situation continues to change rapidly, so please check with your school administrator for the latest on graduation ceremonies.

Source:;Executive Order No. 152; Executive Order No. 161;