Seniors opt to wait for prom, graduation

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The Camden County class of 2020 has spoken: Prom and graduation will be postponed until June if they can’t be held in May.

With school closed for the rest of the year and uncertainty ahead, school staff asked seniors for their input about prom and graduation if the usual ceremony isn’t possible in May. Seniors were asked if they preferred a virtual ceremony in May or to postpone the festivities until June depending on recommendations from emergency managers. The majority — 88.3% — voted for the delay.

“We will honor the wishes of the class of 2020 and their families and, if state and local emergency management agencies determine that we are not allowed to have prom and graduation on the regularly scheduled dates, we would postpone both events for dates to be determined later in June,” Camden County Schools said in a statement last week.

If large groups still can’t gather in June, prom and graduation will be postponed again until July. Administrators will consider other options — including a virtual ceremony — if July isn’t feasible.

“We will continue to work with state and local agencies to determine if we can safely host prom and graduation and we will continue to keep you updated as we have more information,” according to the statement. “We are working diligently to develop a virtual senior scholarship night and we will share that information as plans are finalized.”