PHOENIX - While schools across Arizona are closed through the end of the academic school year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some Valley high school districts are making plans to honor this year's graduating seniors with graduation ceremonies.
Some of the ceremonies will be conducted in a virtual manner.
Agua Fria Union High School District
In a statement issued May 4, school officials say discussions are underway with State Farm Stadium for a graduation event on July 1.
Buckeye Union High School District
On May 5, school district officials announced that an event to honor the graduates will be held at the Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, May 16, where graduates will cross the finish line in their cars, with their loved ones.
Officials say they will make another announcement concerning graduation in the future.
Chandler Unified School District
FOX 10 has learned that Chandler Unified School District will hold a virtual graduation ceremony that will also double as an official graduation ceremony.
School district officials say they are working to see if an optional in-person graduation ceremony can be conducted. More information will be released on May 15.
Deer Valley Unified School District
An in-person graduation ceremony will take place in early July, with State Farm Stadium providing a date of July 2 and July 3 for all five of the district's high schools.
"We recognize that some families would have hoped for a date not so close to the July 4 holiday, however, State Farm Stadium dictates the dates to us," school district officials wrote.
Dysart Unified School District
Graduation ceremonies for all of the district's four high schools are tentatively scheduled for June 30 at the State Farm Stadium.
Flagstaff Unified School District
School district officials say prom and planned graduation ceremonies for all of its high schools are on hold, but the district, and all of its high schools, intend to hold the events at later dates.
J.O Combs Unified School District
District officials say a virtual graduation video will be posted on May 19, which will include each graduate's photo and video clip when their name is read. This will be considered the official graduation ceremony. A graduation parade is scheduled for the same day.
Seniors are asked to film a short video clip of themselves celebrating at home, in their cap and gown, to be included with the virtual graduation video. The video can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 11.
A voluntary, in-person graduation ceremony is scheduled for June 9.
Peoria Unified School District
A graduation ceremony is tentatively scheduled for June 26 and 27.
Phoenix Union High School District
School district officials say "Drive-In" or "Drive-Through" graduation ceremonies will be scheduled, so that graduating seniors can et their diplomas. Different high schools will have different assigned times.
In addition, a city-wide fireworks display at its 11 comprehensive campuses will be held at 2020hrs (8:20 p.m.) to honor the graduates. The fireworks display will last about 10 minutes.
A graduation celebration will be held, if possible, in June or July.
Tempe Union High School District
On its website, school district officials say virtual graduation ceremonies will be held on May 20 for Compadre Academy, and on May 21 for all of its six comprehensive high schools.
Meanwhile, officials say plans are underway for modified, in-person ceremonies to be held on July 18.
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