The Philadelphia School District will hold a virtual graduation ceremony for seniors in 2020.

“We know that there is no virtual program that will replace the experience of direct seniors prom and graduation, but we do everything we can to honor seniors who have worked so hard,” said Chief Inspector William Hite, Thursday.

The ceremony will be held at 11 Tuesday, June 9, and will be broadcast on a number of platforms including PSTV and district social media accounts.

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The ceremony will include the keynote speaker, remarks from Mayor Jim Kenney and a number of students, an original performance by a senior, and a collage that shows some special moments from the senior class.

The district will also hold an after virtual party from 7 to 8:30 at night.

Hite said the district would announce more details in the coming weeks.

Senior hotline to support students during school closure

The Philadelphia School Postecondary Readiness School Office and the Middle School Support Office launched a senior hotline to provide students with additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participating education experts will provide direct support to students to pursue postsecondary opportunities, connect them with their school-based counselors, guide them through college registration or application documents, and help complete FAFSA applications and / or verification.

Language lines will be available to support non-English speakers. The hotline will operate from 11 am to 1 pm Every Tuesday through Thursday and will be managed by district college staff, career and technical education.

Elderly who are interested in receiving the support provided must contact 215-400-4130 or email [email protected]. For more information, visit https://www.philasd.org/collegeandcareer.

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