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Coronavirus Graduation 2020: Florida Seniors’ Ceremony Daytona 500

The coronavirus pandemic has spoiled graduation plans for many families across the country, but for seniors at two Florida schools, missing out on walking across a stage to receive their diplomas means they’ll be crossing high school’s finish line in style: with a lap at the home of the Daytona 500.

The idea came to Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile one night in a dream. 

“The next morning I started talking to some of my teammates about the possibility” of hundreds of high school seniors and their families graduating at the speedway, he told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Turns out it’s very possible. Students from Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas high schools – who would have been facing postponement or cancellation of their graduation plans at a Daytona Beach convention center because of social distancing concerns – accepted the speedway’s offer and will hold their ceremonies May 31. 

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