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WAYNE — Graduation ceremonies for Wayne and Spring Valley high schools in Wayne County have been moved to Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, the school board announced Friday afternoon.

Both graduations will take place June 27, with Spring Valley’s beginning at 10 a.m. and Wayne’s starting at 6 p.m.

Wayne County Schools Superintendent Todd Alexander said moving the ceremonies to the larger venue on Marshall University’s campus makes the event less restrictive for families wanting to attend.

“The guidelines we are under require 6 feet of social distancing in between family groups. With the larger high schools, it’s difficult to follow those guidelines and still have a full ceremony. Having it at Marshall will allow for more family and friends to be in attendance,” he said.

The commencement ceremonies were initially planned to be held downtown at Mountain Health Arena on the same day.

Tolsia High School will not be changing the location of its ceremony and still plans to hold graduation on the football field at the school June 25, though it reportedly also was offered the chance to move graduation to Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice approved outside, face-to-face graduations Wednesday, prompting Huntington and Cabell Midland high schools to move their commencement events from Mountain Health Arena to Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Rain or shine, Huntington High School will celebrate its seniors at 6 p.m. June 25 and Cabell Midland will hold its ceremony at 6 p.m. June 26 at the venue.

Fairland High School has also moved its graduation ceremony to the stadium. Principal Tessa Leep said the school would have its graduation at the Marshall facility at 2 p.m. June 27.

Luke Creasy is a reporter for HD Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @HDcreasy or reach him by phone at 304-526-2800.

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