Minnesota state guidelines issued today, Friday, May 8, will change Perham High School's May 22 graduation plans.

The Minnesota Department of Education guidelines advise against holding in-person graduation ceremonies at this time, including ceremonies that take place outside, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Perham High School officials had planned to hold an outdoor graduation ceremony for graduates and their families as scheduled on May 22.

"We are going to meet as a team early next week to see if we can modify our plan to fit the guidelines," Perham Superintendent Mitch Anderson said in an email to the Focus on Friday, May 8. "While many districts have pushed their ceremonies back to mid-summer, we feel it's important to honor our graduates sooner, closer to their end of the school year.

"We should know by the middle of next week if we can make a new plan for May 22, or if postponing a couple of weeks would give us more time to plan accordingly."

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According to the agenda filed earlier this week for the May 13 Perham-Dent School Board meeting, high school graduation was planned for the front lawn of the Perham High School. Only the graduates and their immediate family will be onsite for the ceremony, according to the plan.