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Houston Valedictorian Says In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Are Not Safe

It’s been a season of disappointment for millions of high school and college seniors. In addition to the sudden cancelation of classes, sports and senior celebrations, many will forgo the traditional graduation for online or postponed ceremonies.

In Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that in-person graduations could proceed starting June 1, but not everyone is applauding. McKenna Tanner is a senior and one of the valedictorians at Houston’s Stratford High School. She says data shows it’s still not safe for 510 graduates and their families to gather for her school graduation — regardless of precautions like masks and social distancing.

She wrote about it in the Houston Chronicle and joins host Robin Young to discuss her concerns.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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Senior McKenna Tanner says data shows it's still not safe for 510 graduates and their families to gather for her school graduation — regardless of precautions like masks and social distancing. (Courtesy)
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Senior McKenna Tanner says data shows it's still not safe for 510 graduates and their families to gather for her school graduation — regardless of precautions like masks and social distancing. (Courtesy)