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Homestead H.S. calls off commencement

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - One day after Gov. Eric Holcomb pumped the brakes a bit on the reopening of Indiana, Homestead High School's principal announced the 2020 commencement ceremony has been canceled.

Principal Park Ginder, in a letter to the graduating class, referenced the governor's decision not to fully transition to "Stage 5" because of concerns that COVID-19 may be reasserting itself in the state.

The slow-down means gatherings for events such as a commencement remain capped at 250 people.

"It is with great regret that I write to inform you that we are cancelling our graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 8 and July 9 of next week and will not be rescheduling," Ginder wrote.

He added that he has spoken with the students who were scheduled to address those gathered for the event and was "incredibly proud of (all graduates), and will follow your future successes."

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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