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'Huge,' virtual graduation ceremony to be held for NYC students, Mayor de Blasio says

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 17:04:02-04

NEW YORK — A virtual graduation ceremony will be held for New York City seniors graduating this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

"This is about giving kids a graduation they were going to miss," de Blasio said.

The mayor said the city ceremony will be "huge" and will be done virtually, with guest speakers including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull, Tina Fey, Kenan Thompson, Angela Yee and Andy Cohen.

The event will be host by PIX11's Marysol Castro, Kori Chambers and Mr. G.

It will air on June 30 at 7 p.m. on PIX11’s TV channel; PIX11 Plus, including Roku, AmazonFire, AndroidTV and AppleTV; website and Facebook page.

The announcement comes as the city has continued to see a progress in its battle with the coronavirus outbreak. New York City entered Phase 2 of reopening on Monday.

Schools buildings have been closed since March to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, over one million NYC students have been participating in remote, distant learning while school events were canceled.

School is still set to reopen on Sep. 10, the mayor said earlier this month. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza laid out a tentative fall framework, which includes blended learning.