Utah County private school holds in-person graduation while adhering to social distancing guidelines

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American Heritage School holds 2020 graduation ceremony. Courtesy: David Buer

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – While most schools in Utah were forced to hold some sort of virtual graduation commencement for the Class of 2020 seniors because of COVID-19 restrictions. But one private school was able do an in-person graduation ceremony.

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American Heritage School in American Fork only had a graduating class of 59 students and a large outdoor stadium. Due to small graduating class, on Tuesday May 26th American Heritage proceeded with their graduation exercises with only the graduates, parents, and staff , while adhering to social distancing protocols.

The commencement address was given by Elder Craig A. Cardon, a General Authority Seventy (emeritus) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cardon and his wife, Deborah, have grandchildren who attend American Heritage School.

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The private school celebrating it’s 50th anniversary has 900 on-campus students in grades K-12, 5,000 students are enrolled in distanced learning. The 59 seniors accepted to 40 schools with more than $1,000,000 in scholarships roughly $17,000 average scholarship amount.

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