Philadelphia School District agrees to get caps and gowns to high school seniors for virtual graduation

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The School District of Philadelphia says it's going to find a way to get caps and gowns to high school seniors so that they can wear them for next month's virtual graduation.  

At first, with Philadelphia in the governor's COVID-19 red zone, the school district didn't think it could safely distribute caps and gowns to high school seniors for its online graduation ceremony planned for June 9. 

But parents and students continued to ask for them. Now, Superintendent William Hite says it's going to happen.

"We're going to come up with a plan to get young people caps and gowns and we have to go through what is a complicated process because you have 54 high schools that are all at various stages of securing the caps and gowns,” Hite said. 

He says some schools have shipped the caps and gowns to students' homes, others still have them in their buildings, and some haven't even ordered them. 

Hite says the virtual ceremony on June 9 includes the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Pomp and Circumstance, an address by Mayor Kenney, and a surprise keynote speaker.