Sussex Tech postpones graduation ceremony

No date set for event; board to consider options June 8
May 14, 2020

Sussex Tech’s graduation has been postponed, Principal John Demby said in a May 13 statement to students and families.

“Our goal all along has been to hold a traditional in-person graduation ceremony and give you the recognition that you deserve,” Demby wrote. “This week, the board of education voted unanimously to delay the graduation ceremony until we receive information on when restrictions may be lifted.”

Demby said the ceremony could take place later in June, but noted a specific date has not been set. 

“The governor is scheduled to announce an easing of some restrictions on June 1, and the guidance concerning graduations may change,” Demby said. “The board of education will revisit the graduation ceremony options at its June 8 meeting.”

Demby said the school board noted that students who need diplomas for employment or military service and those who would be unable to attend a graduation ceremony in late June should let their counselors know.

Demby said a delayed graduation was the best choice based on limited options, and that most students selected a postponed graduation in a recent survey.

“We are working on other ways to honor our graduates in the weeks to come, including video and social media tributes, yard signs, and home deliveries of caps, gowns and T-shirts by our teachers and staff,” Demby said. 

More details on those plans will be announced at a later date, Demby said, adding that students or family with questions can email

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