New guidelines will allow high schools to hold outdoor graduation ceremonies in Massachusetts

WNYT Staff
Created: May 27, 2020 08:49 AM

New state guidelines in Massachusetts will allow high schools to hold in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies.

It could begin as soon as July 19, with certain safety precautions in place.


This includes limiting attendance to graduates and their immediate family members. Pre-registration is required. There will also be no hugging and hand-shaking.     

Ceremonies should also be kept as short as possible and masks are required.

Senior Morgan Sanborn told NewsChannel 13’s affiliate in Massachusetts, "I would love to have an outdoor ceremony. I think it would be really nice to see my classmates for the last time before we all go to college.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker previously announced plans for a statewide virtual high school commencement ceremony on June 9.     

The governor of New Jersey also just announced on Twitter that schools will be allowed to hold outdoor, socially-distant compliant graduation ceremonies there, starting on July 6.

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