Parents unable to attend child’s graduation

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Some families are heartbroken after graduation ceremony restrictions prevent them from seeing a loved one graduate.

Due to social distancing and coronavirus concerns, schools will have a series of miniature ceremonies, only allowing eight students in at a time with four guests each. Those guests must be residents of Mercer County.

The restrictions seem reasonable enough, but it means that family members of students like Tyler Cook won’t see him graduate.

“I have my mom my dad and my brother and my grandparents are actually Wyoming County residents,” said Cook. “I have cousins that live in North Carolina, so they won’t get to see me graduate.”

Cook is also disappointed that he won’t graduate at the same time as the rest of his friends, so they won’t be able to take pictures together.

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