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Public Schools Unveil Plans for Class of 2020 Graduation Celebrations

PC: HIDOE

Public high schools across the state today announced the dates, times and formats of their respective alternative graduation ceremonies. The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) announced last week that traditional ceremonies at public and charter schools would be replaced with alternative celebrations for the class of 2020 due to safety concerns and social distancing guidance. 

“Determining the appropriate ways to honor our graduating class of 2020 has been one of the top priorities for my leadership team over the past several weeks,” Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami said. “While we are disappointed that traditional commencement ceremonies cannot be held due to COVID-19, the thoughtful innovation and care with which our schools and community partners have come together has been inspirational. Mahalo to all of the individuals and organizations who are continuing to work behind the scenes to make the 2020 graduation ceremonies truly special.” 

Schools have started to share logistics details with parents and guardians. An overview of statewide commencement celebrations is below. The list will continue to be updated on the Department’s website as more details become available. For more information, families are encouraged to contact their child’s school directly.

Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area

School Date Commencement Model Additional Details
Baldwin High   Principal: Keoni Wilhelm   Senior count: 292 May 21 Virtual and drive-through diploma-cover pickup.   Livestreamed via select media outlets. Security will be in place.  
Kekaulike High   Principal: Amy Strand   Senior count: 242 May 20 Virtual and drive-through diploma-cover pickup. Security will be in place.
Maui High   Principal: Jamie Yap   Senior count: 420 May 17 Virtual and drive-through diploma-cover pickup. Security will be in place.

Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area

School Date Commencement Model Additional Details
Hana High & Elementary   Principal: Christopher Sanita   Senior count: 23 May 23 Virtual and drive-through diploma-cover pickup. Security will be in place.
Lahainaluna High   Principal: Jeri Dean   Senior count: 209 May 24 Virtual and pending details for additional plans.     Streamed via select media outlets.   Lighting of the “L” on Puʻu Paʻupaʻu on May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Lanai High & Elementary   Principal: Elton Kinoshita   Senior count: 39 May 23 Virtual.   Seniors will be pre-recorded for graduation video.
Molokai High   Principal: Katina Soares   Senior count: 73 May 23 Virtual and drive-through diploma-cover pickup. Security will be in place.

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