PHS opts for virtual graduation ceremony

PIMA — Pima High School has announced its plans for the graduating class of 2020 — a virtual graduation ceremony.

In a letter Monday to graduates and parents, Principal Cody Barlow said the virtual ceremony will take place on the same day the traditional ceremony was scheduled — Wednesday, May 20, at 8 p.m.

“The current guidance from Arizona Department of Health Services and the Graham County Health Department is to not hold high school graduation gathering,” Barlow said. “This very difficult decision was made with the safety of our students, staff, families and community in mind.”

The ceremony will be streamed for families and graduates to watch from home and will include photos and recordings of each graduate.

“Clearly, the decision to move to a virtual ceremony was made based upon an unpredictable, uncertain and ever-changing future amidst COVID-19,” Barlow said. “We will certainly leave the door open for a recognition and/or celebration of the class of 2020 at a future date.”