Graduation scaled back by swine flu

While schools across the country have periodically closed because of the swine flu outbreak, some colleges canceled their graduation ceremonies or altered the events by segregating ill students, banning traditional handshakes and keeping plenty of hand sanitizer at the ready.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, Wis., a boarding school for boys 60 miles from Milwaukee, held a private graduation ceremony for its 46 graduates May 15. Guests, including all family members, were not allowed to attend since two students had been diagnosed with the flu and nearly 60 had experienced flu symptoms.

Sam Lucero, editor of  The Compass, newspaper of the Green Bay Diocese, was one of the parents barred from personally seeing his son get his diploma, although he could watch it on streaming video or on the DVD copy of the ceremony each parent was given.

Lucero writes about the the missing graduation in the newspaper’s blog, noting that at this school in particular, students come from across the U.S. and several other countries so there was plenty of disappointment across the board, especially among parents who had traveled quite a  distance to be there.

UPDATE: You can watch a Green Bay TV station’s story (after a brief commercial) on the Lucero family watching the graduation via computer here.

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