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Graduations may not happen
• CUSD pledges seniors will be celebrated in ‘some way’
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Ceres Unified School District will recognize its graduating high school seniors at some point following the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year.

Dates, times, locations and other details have yet to be determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a very strong possibility they (graduations) will not be able to happen as scheduled,” CUSD Superintendent Scott Siegel said. “We will do something. Any decision we make would be tentative pending new information. We don’t know if the (large events and mass gathering) restrictions will be lifted by the state.”

All school campuses in Stanislaus County were closed through spring on April 1 to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

Students are finishing their schoolwork online.

Graduation ceremonies for Central Valley, Ceres High, Argus/Endeavor and Whitmore Charter were supposed to be staged on June 5, June 4, June 2 and June 1, respectively.

“We’re looking at a couple of options,” Siegel said. “One option is a digital or virtual ceremony. The other is a delayed (in-person) graduation later in the summer. It is possible we might do both things. We have a preference of having live graduation ceremonies if we’re allowed to by the state.”

As of Monday, there were 146 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Stanislaus County. Just two people tested positive in the county when public schools first closed on March 19.

Closures were extended through May 1 prior to campuses being shut down for the remainder of the academic year.