With virtual ceremonies, car parades, and social-distancing ceremonies, this year's class of 2020 experienced a different type of graduation.
West Michigan Aviation Academy, Arbor Preparatory, Star International Academy, and Universal Learning Academy held graduation ceremonies for their high schoolers in their parking lots. A train of cars paraded through, filled with graduates and their families to wave a celebratory goodbye to their teachers and faculty members.
Wellspring Preparatory High School held a virtual graduation ceremony that students and their families could watch via social media or YouTube. The virtual ceremony included multiple speeches held in the school gymnasium, along with speeches from students in their homes. The ceremony video concluded with the photos of graduates in their robes alongside their diplomas.
Many Bay Mills authorized schools have held similar ceremonies, and many plan to continue celebrations throughout the summer.
The class of 2020 may not have graduated the way they had imagined they would, but it will be an experience they will never forget as the schools made sure their students did not leave empty handed.
On behalf of the Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office, we would like to congratulate the class of 2020!