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News - June 4, 2021

'The beginning of reconnection' as Paly seniors graduate in person

Event marks largest gathering on campus since the pandemic hit

by Lloyd Lee

There was little out of the ordinary on Wednesday evening in the sea of green caps and gowns at Palo Alto High School. Beyond the students donned in masks, the 6-feet-apart seats and a venue change to the Viking Stadium, speakers delivered their planned speeches and graduates walked across the grass to "Pomp and Circumstance" just as they had rehearsed.

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Posted by Alvin
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 3, 2021 at 2:57 pm

Alvin is a registered user.

It's truly sad to see the kids masked up at the ceremony when the venue is already outdoors and the kids socially distanced. I've seen recent videos and photos from graduation ceremonies in other states from May 2021, with the parents sitting shoulder to shoulder, indoors in some, and none of the kids, teachers, and parents in masks. The Principals of the high schools and Presidents of the college/university were shaking hands and hugging the graduates. It looked like pre-pandemic normal. Did those non-California graduates and their families experience an outbreak of cases, hospitalization, and/or deaths?


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