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Marshall County Commencements to be Broadcast Sunday

John Marshall High School graduate Zoe Hill is shown receiving her diploma May 14 from Principal Cassie Porter during an individualized graduation ceremony for Marshall County students.

MOUNDSVILLE — Due to public health concerns over COVID-19 and a lack of suitable gathering space, Marshall County’s seniors will have their graduation ceremony broadcast this weekend rather than hold an in-person commencement.

School administrators held John Marshall and Cameron high schools’ graduation ceremonies in the late spring, filming groups of students walking across the stage in groups of five before breaking to allow another group in.

That socially distant graduation style was necessitated by a limit on how many people could be gathered in one place, which would be heavily exceeded between faculty, students, families and friends.

According to Superintendent Shelby Haines, the district had been planning for in-person graduation if conditions allowed, but the planned site, WesBanco Arena, is currently closed, and public gatherings are not permitted to have more than 100 people in attendance, by the order of Gov. Jim Justice. Families were notified in late June that the in-person ceremonies, which were supposed to be held this week, would not be taking place.

The filmed footage from the individualized graduations in the spring has been edited together into a single piece of footage, which will be aired at noon Sunday.

The Cameron High School commencement will be broadcast on WTRF-CBS. The station is available to Xfinity customers on channel 7, Dish Network subscribers on channel 7, DIRECTV viewers on 7 or over the air on 7.1. John Marshall High School’s will be broadcast on WTRF-ABC Ohio Valley. The station is available to Xfinity customers on channel 4, Dish Network subscribers on channel 10, DIRECTV viewers on 6 or over the air on 7.3.

The broadcast for Cameron will include the Dragon Awards video and Class of 2020 video, while the John Marshall broadcast will include the PRIDE Awards video.

Additionally, seniors at both schools will receive a DVD of the completed footage over the following week.

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