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This Brooklyn High School Is Celebrating Its 2020 Graduates With An Incredibly Sweet Gesture

Plus, how other New Yorkers are marking the occasion

By Claire Leaden

This Brooklyn High School Is Celebrating Its 2020 Graduates With An Incredibly Sweet Gesture

Family and friends of Brooklyn’s James Madison High School graduates can still see their loves ones honored by the school, it just won’t be at a graduation ceremony.

As a creative way to celebrate the students, Principal Jodie Cohen organized the printing and laminating of senior headshot photos of almost 750 graduates, Bkylner reported. They are now hung around the exterior of the school so anyone walking by can find their friends or family, and students can look around at everyone’s pictures as if they’re actually at the event with classmates. Most graduation ceremonies, of course, were canceled due to COVID-19.

Though of course it’s not the same as walking across the stage to accept your diploma, it still gives the class a nice shoutout for their accomplishment.

“To celebrate our Class of 2020, with the tremendous help and volunteer efforts of our amazing staff and administration, we have begun hanging up our seniors’ graduation pictures along the perimeter of the building,” they announced on Instagram. “We are so proud of you all and hope this brings a smile to your faces!”

The school is also holding a virtual graduation ceremony on June 24.

Besides that, NYU students seem to still be taking graduation photos under the Washington Square Arch, albeit while wearing face masks. Still nice to keep up the tradition.

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And the Bel Aire Diner in Astoria, Queens held a drive-in brunch this past weekend where they made special announcements to celebrate graduations and birthdays. Everyone cheered and honked their horns in applause for one person who just graduated with their Doctorate Degree, making for a very sweet moment!

See also: The Obamas Will Be The Commencement Speakers For The Class Of 2020

featured image source: Instagram / @jmhsbklyn