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RCAS cancels in-person graduation ceremonies

RCAS cancels in-person graduation ceremonies

RCAS makes difficult decision to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies


News Staff - June 30, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. - According to a release from the Rapid City Area Schools, the in-person commencement ceremonies set for July 24 and 26 have been cancelled.

The release says "this decision comes after consulting with medical experts, city leaders, and administration officials."

Superintendent Lori Simon said that while they explored a wide variety of possible precautions -- such as holding multiple separate ceremonies, limiting tickets, and hosting the entire event outdoors -- they ultimately decided that the focus should be on QUOTE "keeping our students and families safe."

Simon cited the rising number of COVID cases in Western South Dakota -- saying that with pending events like the fireworks at Mount Rushmore and the Sturgis Rally, local medical experts believe it is unlikely that we will see that trend change in the next few weeks.



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