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SUPERINTENDENT COMMENCEMENT 2020 MESSAGE

July 1, 2020
 
Dear Trumansburg Community,
 
It is with great pride that I share on our website the video link to the commencement of 2020.  It was a unique and special time in history that will highlight our young people and be captured forever.  We are so very grateful to volunteers that dedicated their time and expertise in capturing this culminating ceremony.  The use of aerial drones as well as ground cameras created a professional look at this very special event.  However, I am writing to you today to address some controversy that has surfaced on social media.  I sincerely regret that we were unable to capture the footage of the awarding of the diploma for one particular student.   After inquiry with the volunteer that conducted the videography, I was informed that there was a miscue (the wrong name was read while a student crossed the stage, which led to a programming/timing mishap).    On social media, it was construed as intentional censorship as the statement "Black Lives Matter" was adorned upon the cap.  I assure you this was a coincidental fact, as several students adorned messages of the same on their caps and were not omitted.  In fact, the nature of a live stream event is such that quick decisions are made in the moments of error in order to maintain the continuity of the presentation.  Additionally, some students took a knee during the National Anthem.  Trumansburg CSD encourages action and freedom of expression.  Throughout commencement, there was a thread of messaging encouraging our student body to take appropriate action for their future, continue learning, and move forward, making the world a better place for all.  As a district we believe in our students and apologize greatly that a graduate was missed.  Perception is most important, and for that we are deeply sorry. We celebrate all of our graduates and their accomplishments.  
 
Sincerely,
Kimberly Bell