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Grads Receive Diplomas Aboard Jet Skis After High School Refuses to Cancel Commencement Ceremony

Despite how the novel coronavirus shutdowns have canceled thousands of commencement ceremonies around the world, this Florida school found a creative way of celebrating their senior students while still respecting social distancing.

Back in May, the Somerset Island Prep charter high school in Key West handed out diplomas to all their graduating students—but rather than having the teens walk across a stage, the ceremony was held on the open sea.

In addition to donning caps and gowns, the grads were asked to wear life jackets and face masks so they could receive their diplomas aboard jet skis.

As the students cruised by on their jet skis, Somerset Island Principal Tom Rompella handed out each of their diplomas using an extendable grabber tool from the deck of a small boat.

“This final ceremony for our seniors represents the same theme that has played out throughout the entirety of their time at Island Prep; that no barrier is too large to overcome and that through creativity and hard work, we can overcome any challenge,” Rompella said in a press release.

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