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Congratulations Class of 2020!


As we all know, lockdown restrictions this year have prevented the congratulatory ceremonies that our high school and college graduates so richly deserve.

While many have enjoyed virtual graduations, some students in Florida were treated to a “cool” adrenaline-filled ceremony that will no doubt prove unforgettable.  The young graduates from Somerset Island Prep charter high school in Key West recently collected their diplomas on jet skis!

The students donned their traditional gown and graduation cap and paired it with face masks. They also wore life vests that were covered by the long robes.  Social distancing was maintained at all times, as you can see from the video below.

As Principal Tom Rompella said, “This final ceremony for our seniors represents the same theme that has played out throughout the entirety of their time at Island Prep: that no barrier is too large to overcome and that through creativity and hard work we can overcome any challenge!”


Somerset Island Prep in Key West, FL found a unique way to honor the Class of 2020 with a jet ski graduation!Students jet skied in front of Key West’s Southernmost House. The seniors, in graduation caps, gowns and masks, were met by their principal who presented their high school diplomas.Somerset Island Preparatory is Key West’s only public charter high school. Established in 2010, the high school offers students an innovative pathway to earn an AA degree while in high school, for free. Somerset Island Prep was recently ranked on US News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools.#Academica #SomersetAcademy #CharterSchools #ClassOf2020 #Graduation #KeyWest #JetSkis #COVID19

Posted by ACADEMICA on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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