Graduation Ceremonies Draw Thousands Despite Pandemic Fears 

Posted on May 20, 2020 3:34 am

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High schools nationwide have canceled or postponed traditional graduation ceremonies to avoid worsening the spread of the new coronavirus, but some are going ahead with full-fledged springtime commencement exercises as usual, with tweaks to account for health concerns. 

Thousands of graduates, parents, siblings and grandparents will gather at a nearly 11,000-seat stadium on Wednesday and Thursday nights in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover as its two high schools — among the largest in Alabama — hold traditional commencement exercises despite COVID-19. 

A school in a nearby city held its ceremony Tuesday, with chairs for more than 540 graduates spread apart across a