Busch Stadium hosting first high school graduation ceremony this summer

The Saint Louis Public Schools class of 2020 will graduate inside the Cardinals home ballpark on July 30.

Sam Masterson
July 07, 2020 - 10:11 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - For the first time ever there will be a graduation ceremony hosted at Busch Stadium later this month. 

Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) announced on Monday that although the coronavirus ruined the original plans for this year's senior class, they're hoping to make the new event memorable and safe. 

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SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams says that seniors and families surveyed were strongly in favor of a traditional ceremony.

“We told our students in May to hold out for BIG, BIG news on graduation, but I am sure they didn’t realize it would be this big! Having missed out on other senior milestone events, we wanted to try to deliver a traditional graduation in the safest manner possible under these highly unusual circumstances,” said Dr. Adams. “In addition to the obvious appeal of graduating at Busch Stadium, the stadium offers an open air experience with an added measure of safety and room for social distancing.”

The ceremony will be held on July 30 – when the Cardinals will be on a road trip to Milwaukee and Minneapolis

The District’s 1,200-plus graduates will be able to graduate together with safety protocols in place, Dr. Adams says. 

The District has implemented a hotline number to help seniors with any questions they might have about the event. Students will reserve spots for this event, as they have in the past.

"We will be communicating with our students and families often over the next few weeks, as we finalize details," Dr. Adams explained. "So much will depend on circumstances beyond our control that I’m sure we will be revising and rewriting our plans all the way up to graduation day.”

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