June 9 - Virtual Graduation Ceremony; 7pm
COVID-19: State limits in-person commencement, Anoka-Hennepin to honor Class of 2020 with virtual ceremonies
Anoka-Hennepin Schools will host virtual commencement ceremonies for the 3,000 graduates from the five traditional high schools in the district following the direction received by the State of Minnesota today.
Anoka-Hennepin Schools has been preparing for virtual ceremonies and in-person options in anticipation of this direction and is prepared to present a high quality virtual graduation experience for the students of the Class of 2020 and those who support them. State guidance also encouraged districts not to reschedule ceremonies to a later date due to the uncertainty of social distancing guidelines.
Virtual commencement ceremonies will be held at dates and times already scheduled on the calendar and will include the same elements as a traditional in-person ceremony. Graduates will hear their name called as part of the diploma presentation and have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment. Traditional caps and gowns will be distributed to allow for commemorative photos. In addition to the ceremonies, each high school will coordinate photo opportunities using a decorated stage on their school campuses for graduates and family members. This opportunity will be staggered over several days during the week of graduation to allow families adequate time and comply with safety expectations. Additional information on this option will be shared with graduates as details are finalized.
Commencement ceremonies will be produced in cooperation with local cable programming partners QCTV, CTN, North Metro TV, and CCX Media. Ceremonies will be shared live on the cable channels in their communities and streamed on their websites along with school and district media outlets. Additional information on outlets to view the ceremonies will be shared prior to the events.
Commencement ceremonies are scheduled at the following dates and times:
- Andover: 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.
- Anoka: 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
- Blaine: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
- Champlin Park: 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.
- Coon Rapids: 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.
Anoka-Hennepin has produced a frequently asked questions webpage, ahschools.us/graduationFAQ, to answer questions and provide information about the graduation ceremonies. Should you need additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.