Four public schools this week will hold the territory’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremonies as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Today, St. Croix Central High School

• Wednesday, St. Croix Educational Complex High School

• Thursday, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School

• Friday, Charlotte Amalie High School

The 3 p.m. ceremonies will feature video messages from the top students at each high school; prominent Virgin Islanders and guest speakers. The schools will also present musical selections and other special highlights.

Pre- and post-graduation activities are also planned online each day. At 1:30 p.m., on the Education Department’s Facebook page, a pre-graduation Zoom meet up will be held for the public to interact live with members of the Class of 2020.

At 7 nightly, virtual graduation parties will be streamed live on the department’s Facebook page, featuring top Virgin Islands’ artists, including Pressure, Rock City and DJ Benny D, Big Band, DJ Avalanche, Shaw HP The Band and more.

Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin said the activities are designed to offer graduates and their families a safe, but well-rounded graduation experience in the age of COVID-19.

“I’d like to first congratulate the members of the Class of 2020 on a job well done. Our virtual graduations are a three-part online experience for students, their families and the community as the department endeavors to do its part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” she said in a statement. “Graduation committee members have worked tirelessly to capture many elements of an in-person graduation and blend those with special features that can only take place online. There will be many exciting surprises for our graduates. We encourage everyone to tune in and celebrate the Class of 2020.”

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