At least three seniors at La Mirada High School threatened to boycott their planned virtual graduation because they still want a traditional ceremony.
“We want assurances that when it’s safe, we’ll have some sort of celebratory event, such as a graduation or reunion style gathering,” senior Michael Michener told the Whittier Daily News.
“I want to make sure all of us get a ceremony we can look forward to,” Jorgette Rosales told the paper. “If it comes to it, I will boycott. We’re not going to budge.”
When schools closed this spring due to COVID-19 stay-at-home rules, virtual graduation ceremonies were planned in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. La Mirada’s virtual graduation is slated for 3 p.m. June 13.
Officials noted on the district’s website that some other types of celebrations were still possible for the high schools, depending upon the status of COVID-19 guidelines.
“We are mindful of the safety guidelines, and should the social distancing measures lift and guidelines are adjusted, the Board of Education will consider having an in-person graduation ceremony at a later time,” they said.
District officials reminded seniors that digital ceremonies have some benefits, including allowing more guests to tune in. Typical ceremonies are limited by the number of seats in a stadium.
“Anyone with the link can view and in some cases participate in the audience with comments and emojis,” they said.
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