No decision yet on New Hanover County Schools graduation

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There is still no decision on graduation ceremonies for New Hanover County schools. The conversation will continue for at least another week.

As of right now, a traditional graduation ceremony is on the calendar for June 13.

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Two different task forces have been tasked with exploring other options for commencement ceremonies, including virtual, drive-in, and other choices more in line with current state health guidelines. Those task forces are made up of the senior class president, faculty class advisor and principal from each high school, as well as the Deputy Superintendent, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Safety, and a representative from New Hanover County Public Health.

They’ve been meeting for the past several weeks, and Deputy Superintendent Dr.  LaChawn Smith gave an update to the Board of Education and interim Superintendent Dr. Del Burns Tuesday night.

“The balance between safety and tradition is a conflict, and I don’t mean that in a negative sense, but the two desires are very difficult to balance,” Burns said. “The board had a very good discussion about process and what we might bring forward. The task forces will meet again this week.”



Those task forces are expected to make a recommendation Tuesday, June 5 to the Board of Education, which will make the final decision.