Fargo parents plan to attend an upcoming school board meeting to further campaign for in-person commencement ceremonies

Parents of graduating seniors continue campaigning to lift the restrictions on high school graduation ceremonies so they can attend their children's commencement.

Nancy Dohrer, whose child is graduating from Fargo North High School, posted this update to her petition Thursday, May 21. WDAY photo

FARGO — When the coronavirus pandemic caused commencement ceremonies to go virtual some area parents said that this wouldn't work, and are now petitioning the school board to change its guidelines on attendance.

Nancy Dohrer, who started a petition on the website , said she and other parents plan on attending the Fargo School Board's next meeting on Tuesday, May 26.

During the meeting, they plan to maintain a 6-foot distance from any person in attendance and will wear masks.

Dohrer has been in contact with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who told her to work with the school board and area health experts to work out the issue.

"The mayor empathizes deeply as a parent of a high school student," Mahoney said in a statement issued by the mayor's office. "However... the decision of if, when, and how to hold graduation ceremonies resides completely with the authority of Fargo Public Schools."


Fargo Public Schools said they have no plans to deviate from the graduation guidelines that were set on May 15 in a statement to area parents.

Fargo School Board's next meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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