Westchester Seeking Videos For 'Virtual' Graduation

Michael Woyton

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Because schools are closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, one rite of passage normally available to high school graduates — commencement — is not going to happen for this year's seniors. Recognizing it is a time of accomplishment, reflection, hope and celebration, Westchester County is trying to make up for a 2020 graduation ceremony.

At his Tuesday news conference, County Executive George Latimer said Westchester is putting together a "virtual" graduation ceremony.

"We are asking all community leaders, teachers, parents, grandparents and siblings to record a short video on your smart phone to say congratulations and best of luck to the high school senior in your life," he said.

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The video does not have to be long, and it is an easy way to get the entire community involved in the graduation ceremony.

"Our High School seniors deserve to hear your words of praise, and know you are proud of all they have achieved," Latimer said.

To participate, send your video to Communications@WestchesterGov.com. Eventually, we will have a string of congratulatory messages from citizens all over the County, in honor of Westchester County’s graduating class of 2020.

Latimer said, as of Tuesday, there were 30,240 confirmed positive of the new coronavirus, up 143 from Monday. There are 5,584 active cases in the county.

There were 15 additional deaths, he said, bringing the total to 1,116 individuals dying from the virus.

Latimer said there was an uptick in hospitalizations, which had been steadily decreasing. The number now is 716. The hospitalization rate is 12.8 percent, which is the highest it's been in a while.

The map with the number of confirmed cases broken down by community now has the number active cases as well. The map is below.

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This article originally appeared on the White Plains Patch