MPS graduates pick up caps and gowns with plans for virtual commencement

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) seniors won't be able to march together on graduation day next month, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but their achievements will be recognized online. 

"We're going to hold a virtual graduation from June 1 through June 5, at various times and anyone can go on to see it," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley. 

MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley made the announcement Monday, May 11, as seniors and their families picked up their caps, gowns and yearbooks at Riverside High School. 

Riverside's valedictorian, Arlinda Yang, talked to reporters abut what it's like to be part of the unusual 2020 graduation. 

"I know this isn't what we planned for and this isn't what we expected, bit we will persevere. And I just want to say thank you for the last four years. And I can't wait to see what you all do," Yang said. "I'm still planning on wearing my cap and gown, all my cords, my stoles, and just maybe do a lap around the living room. I know my parents will be happy with that."

The virtual MPS graduation can be found on the MPS YouTube page. At the end of summer school in August, any senior who wants to actually walk across the stage can do it at that time -- assuming it's considered safe. 

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