UD postponing this year’s commencement to 2021

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NEWARK — The University of Delaware is postponing its commencement for the Class of 2020 until the spring of 2021, university officials announced Tuesday. “I speak on behalf of the entire university faculty, staff and administration when I say how much we were hoping to reschedule our in-person graduation events for later this year. We […]

Graduation rate increasing for Delaware students

WILMINGTON — Students are graduating from Delaware high schools at the highest levels in a decade, according to the 2019 graduation data released by the state Wednesday. The statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019 was 88.2%, an increase from the class of 2018, which had a graduation rate of 86.69%. Class of 2020 […]

Graduation caps unexpected senior journey for Sussex Tech

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Tech’s class of 2020 finalized a unique senior year in its high school journey punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic as graduates in separate commencements held Friday and Saturday. More than 280 students received diplomas, marking the completion of four years of career-technical education and academic successes. “Ravens soar high above no matter […]

Sussex Academy holds first outdoor commencement

GEORGETOWN — After several revisions to the original plan and utilizing a rain date, Sussex Academy held its first outdoor commencement for the class of 2020 on Friday. Upon approval from the Delaware Department of Education for an outdoor event to include more than 250 people, each of the 96 graduates were able to invite […]

District slates outdoor commencements for Indian River, Sussex Central

Seniors at Indian River School District’s two high schools will get to graduate in outdoor ceremonies through multiple sessions before limited audiences. With approval from the state of Delaware with social distancing parameters, outdoor ceremonies will be held Wednesday, June 17 with two ceremony sessions for Indian River High School, and Thursday, June 18, with […]

Victory Lap: Dover High grads receive diplomas at speedway

DOVER — When students accept their diplomas they cross the finish line of high school; Dover High’s Class of 2020 took a victory lap to seal theirs — around the race track. The graduates — who officially celebrated commencement virtually Wednesday — accepted their diplomas from the school board after two laps at Dover International […]

High schools update graduation plans

As graduation ceremonies begin to unfold across the state in a variety of formats, new guidance from the Delaware Department of Education has led to updated plans for some districts. Milford Senior High School was approved this week to hold an outdoor graduation ceremony, following its announcement of plans for smaller ceremonies to partner with […]

Department of Education releases guidance for outdoor graduation ceremonies

DOVER — As many districts look to reinvent graduation — combining the personal with the virtual, or holding out hope for something more traditional — the Department of Education released guidance for honoring the class of 2020 that would allow for outdoor ceremonies. The option for outdoor ceremonies comes with its own caveats. The outdoor […]

Appoquinimink School District aims for traditional ceremony with July commencement

MIDDLETOWN — Plans for an Appoquinimink School District graduation come in threes, with hopes for a traditional commencement, but with the possibility of a drive-up ceremony in July. All potential ceremonies are scheduled for July 14 (Appoquinimink High School) or July 15 (Middletown High School), with rain dates for July 16 and 17, respectively. “We […]

Delaware graduations will be special, even with loss of tradition

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** Tradition calls on us to celebrate our graduates with “Pomp and Circumstance” – both with the music and the grandeur of commencement. Dover High plans to include a recording of the band’s performance of the song during its virtual graduation ceremony. Seniors are placing […]