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Johnston schools announce graduation plans

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston County’s high school seniors were supposed to receive their diplomas May 29.

Instead, they will do so in late July or early August.

In a letter to seniors and their parents on Friday, the schools said they would hold traditional but modified graduation ceremonies July 29 through Aug. 1. Specific dates and times will come later, the letter said.

By modified, the schools mean the ceremonies will be in keeping with whatever COVID-19 restrictions are in place at the time.

“Although these modified ceremonies may have to look somewhat different than traditional graduations, which may include limiting guests and holding multiple ceremonies, we are committed to students walking across a stage to receive their diplomas,” the schools said.

The county’s high schools would stream the ceremonies for people who could not attend because of restrictions.

If a ban on gatherings remains in place this summer, the schools will hold drive-through ceremonies on the same dates, the letter said.