Graduates wait in anticipation to enter the auditorium during the North Pole High School Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony at the Carlson Center. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Class of 2020 will not have traditional mass graduation ceremonies this year. Superintendent Karen Gaborik said the district is working on alternative ideas. 

Superintendent Karen Gaborik announced this afternoon that graduation ceremonies will not be held as normal in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District this year.

“I have a difficult announcement to make regarding graduation ceremonies this year,” Gaborik said during a livestream from the district’s Facebook page. “We will be unable to hold graduation ceremonies in their traditional, mass congregational format. Graduations are not canceled; we are just going to need to hold a different type of ceremony.”