Class of 2020


On this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session, we are joined by Felisa Cockrell, an English teacher and speech coach at Wayne High School, and Aliyah Armstrong, a 2020 graduate from Wayne. Our conversation focused on poetry. How can poetry change hearts and minds in conversations about racial justice? How does the genre speak to young people? What has the pandemic been like for teachers and 2020 graduates? That’s all on this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 18 additional confirmed deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,850. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 230,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Many parents and students have voiced concerns about celebrations for high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the state are each taking a unique approach to celebrate their graduates.

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Tuesday marked the first day Fort Wayne Community School seniors could pick up their caps and gowns, the first step to a virtual graduation ceremony later in June.

South Side Principal Adam Swinford welcomes the students as they trickle in Tuesday morning, his face covered by a green bandana mask.

  There, under the entrance to the football stadium, they pick up their bright green caps and gowns, a yard sign, and any other piece of Class of 2020 memorabilia. A photographer was on hand to take a formal picture.