NC school board votes for in-person graduation amid virus

Graduation cap and diploma (Photo: Pixabay)

MONROE, NC (AP) — A school board in North Carolina has voted to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for all its high schools that would be a violation of the state’s coronavirus safety orders.

News outlets report the Union County Public Schools Board decided in a 5-4 vote Thursday to hold the ceremonies in an outdoor stadium where students would maintain social distancing.

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But the ceremonies would still violate Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order limiting mass gatherings to 25 people in outdoor spaces.

Specific arrangements for the ceremonies will be discussed when the school board meets again on Tuesday.