Dearborn postpones high school graduations

Edsel Ford High School students stand on bleachers in their caps and gowns.

Dearborn Public Schools has officially postponed high school graduations scheduled for early June and early college ceremonies set for May.

“As we continue to see encouraging signs that social distancing and other preventative measures ordered by the Governor are making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we want to make sure that we are not taking part in events that will be counter to those efforts,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. 

Dr. Maleyko made the decision to postpone the ceremonies after careful consideration and discussions with staff and students. The postponed high school events include those set for early June for Fordson, Edsel Ford, Dearborn and Dearborn Magnet high schools. 

May graduation ceremonies were also postponed for the three combined high school and college programs in the District. Those programs – the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy, Henry Ford Early College and Henry Ford Early College Advanced Manufacturing – would have graduated in ceremonies at the college. This year will see the first class graduate from the Advanced Manufacturing program.

Board members, the superintendent, his administrative team, high school principals, and students have been discussing possible options and making suggestions for an event that would hold true to the spirit of a high school graduation while at the same time adhering to state orders and logistical considerations. The Superintendent has additional meetings planned with students the week of May 4th and will discuss possible alternative ideas with the Board of Education at the scheduled Board meeting on May 11th. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the District’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and local cable channels. 

“I want to make sure everyone understands this is not a cancellation, rather a postponement from the originally scheduled days,” Dr. Maleyko commented.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created cancellations, postponements and rescheduling of activities from national sporting events to family gatherings. High schools around the country are working on creating new events to honor high school graduates. Dearborn Schools will take advantage of all resources and partnerships within the community to make sure Dearborn seniors are celebrated for their accomplishments.  

“It’s important that we take our time to plan and schedule a celebration that will properly honor our senior class of 2020,” Dr. Maleyko added.

Situations are constantly changing during this COVID-19 pandemic.  For the latest information about Dearborn Public Schools, please visit the website at http://www.dearbornschools.org.