FCPS introduces new graduation plans


Recently, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced his plan celebrating the Class of 2020 which he will present to the School Board.

Since Fairfax is still experiencing increasing infection rates of coronavirus, a summer in-person graduation was out of the question.

Instead, seniors will have individual graduate photo opportunities where they will be wearing their cap and gown. They will receive their diploma and a limited number of family members will be able to be present as well.

“An individual photo session sounds kind of lame, to be honest,” senior Zahin Howlader said.

Additionally, a Class of 2020 celebration video will professionally be produced, made up of student submissions. The video will be distributed at no charge.

An in-person graduation ceremony may possibly be scheduled in the fall if health conditions improve by then. A decision will be made around Labor Day.

“If we do have school and graduation in the fall, it’s going to be difficult logistically since a lot of us are going to be off at college,” Howlader said.

“I think, by fall of next year, high school graduation isn’t what’s on everyone’s mind,” senior Cynthia Nguyen said.

In the event that a fall ceremony is not possible, it may be scheduled in winter or the next spring.

“The idea of having graduation a year from now kind of sucks, but it is what it is,” Howlader said.