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Graduation Announcement

Congratulations to the Fordson Class of 2020 Seniors and Families,

We are very happy to announce that the Dearborn Board of Education has approved the graduation plan for all three high schools at the board meeting that took place on Monday, June 8, 2020. The plan follows processes and procedures that ensure students, families, and staff members stay safe according to CDC guidelines and information from state health officials. 

The 2020 graduation event will take place at Fordson High School on July 15, 2020 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. The entire event will be broadcast live on the District’s television channel and on Youtube along with the pre-recorded speeches from administration and students. (More information on the student commencement speech auditions will be coming out soon.)

Each student may attend the event with only two family members. Students will be assigned specific times according to their last name to ease congestion and ensure proper social distancing. You will be informed of the time that you are scheduled to attend the event in the future.

School administration and dignitaries will be at the event to announce students’ names and congratulate our graduating class with smiles (no hugs, hand shakes, or fist bumps for health safety reasons). Seniors should come dressed in their cap and gown and will hear their name called as they walk up to receive their diploma and take their picture.  Students and their families will then proceed to their cars with their families and may not congregate with others. 

Graduates MUST be appropriately attired for this event. Seniors MUST wear their cap and gown to attend the event.  The young men are to wear a shirt, tie, dress pants and dress shoes, while the young ladies should wear a dress or a dressy outfit and dress shoes. No flip flops, pointy heels (that dig into the turf and can cause you to fall), or tennis shoes will be allowed.  If you did not order one yet, you may be able to still purchase one from Jostens by calling 1734 284-2528 and it will be shipped to your home.

“While we know this is not what students and parents had hoped for, we feel it is a fair compromise,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “Traditional graduations at our three main high schools attracted more than 1,000 people to each event, and it will be a long time before it is reasonably safe to hold such large gatherings. This approach will let students see their school one more time, wear their caps and gowns to participate in an actual face-to-face event with their parents present, and allow unlimited family members to watch from home.”

Fordson High School will like to give special recognition to our co-validicatorians Mahdi Hassan Abdallah (attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  and Ibrahim Nasser Qasem (attending Harvard University) and to our salutatorian Muhammad Salah Alnasser (attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  

 As Superintendent Glenn Maleyko remarked, “The Class of 2020 will certainly be a year to remember.”

Congratulations 2020 Seniors!  Fordson High School staff are all very proud of you!

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