MMSD to drop mask requirement for graduation ceremonies due to heat

Graduate Students Tossing Up Hats Over Blue Sky

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Metropolitan School District is lifting its mask requirement for this week’s high school commencement ceremonies due to the high heat and humidity in the forecast.

MMSD was previously requiring all students, staff, families and other guests attending the outdoor ceremonies this Friday and Saturday. But with high heat indexes being forecast over the next couple days, district officials made the decision to drop the requirement.

People attending will still be asked to stay six feet apart from anyone not in their immediate family. will be livestreaming every MMSD graduation ceremony for those who cannot attend or would prefer to stay inside during the heat.

Ceremonies for West High School are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday, while East High School will hold its ceremonies at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

James Madison Memorial High School will hold their ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, while LaFollette High School’s commencement will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.