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MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION FOR BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS

Mayor Martin J. Walsh together with Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius today announced the City of Boston will honor graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 and celebrate their accomplishments with a virtual graduation ceremony that will be broadcast in English and Spanish on WCVB Channel 5 on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 7:30 - 8:00 pm. The ceremony will be hosted by Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Cassellius and will feature Former United States Secretary of Education John King as the keynote speaker. In addition to a televised broadcast, the ceremony will also be streaming online at WCVB.com. The special will air later in the evening on Entravision Boston at 11:00 p.m. and will be available after the broadcast on boston.gov

"We are tremendously proud of our graduating seniors, who together mark a class of smart, hardworking, and creative individuals who I know will go on to do great things," said Mayor Walsh. "While the coronavirus pandemic has sidelined some of our most important traditions, including high school graduation, we will not miss the opportunity to celebrate their achievements or mark this important milestone in their lives. I want all the seniors to know that their city is rooting for them, and will be behind them every step of the way. We are proud to work with WCVB Channel 5 to broadcast this very special event."

The ceremony will feature remarks from School Committee Chair Michael Loconto, valedictorians from all 36 BPS high schools, and surprise guests. Students have also been asked to submit photos and videos of their high school experience. Boston Public Schools has approximately 3,000 students in the 2020 graduating class. 

"Senior year for any high school student is a remarkable time in a young person's life, and the senior year for the Class of 2020 is unlike any we've experienced in our lifetime," said Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. "The courage, flexibility, and resilience our students have shown, supported by our community is an inspiration for all of us, and gives us all reason to be hopeful about the future and the legacy the Class of 2020 will create long after their time in the Boston Public Schools has passed."