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Tuning in: Virtual Madison graduation ceremonies air Friday, Saturday on WISC-TV
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Tuning in: Virtual Madison graduation ceremonies air Friday, Saturday on WISC-TV

Grads on Yahara

Members of the 2020 graduating classes at Madison East and East Community High Schools celebrate their accomplishments with a boat parade along the Yahara River on Friday.

Madison's graduating seniors will be on prime-time this weekend as a pandemic-scrambled school year comes to a close.

Virtual graduation ceremonies for the Madison School District's Class of 2020 air on WISC-TV (Ch. 3) Friday and Saturday evening, celebrating and honoring hundreds of graduates in an unexpected fashion.

East and La Follette high schools will each have one-hour ceremonies aired Friday evening.

On Saturday evening, Memorial and West high school will also have one-hour blocks to celebrate their seniors, which will be preceded by a half-hour ceremony for graduates of Capital High and Shabazz City High School.

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Despite seniors not being gathered together inside the Kohl Center — the traditional graduation venue for Madison students — graduates watching from home will see several ceremony standards, including keynote speakers, the reading of names and a call to turn the tassel on the mortarboard. But they'll also include elements unique for each school.

The schedule is:

  • East High School from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, which will include a picture montage of students and remarks from Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
  • La Follette High School from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, which will have a series of speeches from senior class members.
  • Capital and Shabazz high schools from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday with farewell messages to students.
  • Memorial High School from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and to feature a concert choir performance and several student speakers.
  • West High School from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday with a processional video and jazz combo interlude.

The ceremonies will be broadcast on WISC-TV and also streamed concurrently on All the ceremonies will be re-broadcast during a four-and-a-half-hour block on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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