Wells Fargo Tower to light up in Roanoke City schools’ colors in honor of graduating seniors

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke City Public Schools)

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke City Public Schools)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While the Class of 2020 may not get to enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of a conventional graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced a downtown Roanoke landmark will light up in three Roanoke City schools’ colors ahead of this week’s modified ceremonies.

In honor of Roanoke City Public Schools’ graduating seniors, the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Roanoke will light up in each school’s colors on the following days:

  • Tuesday, June 2: Forest Park Academy
  • Wednesday, June 3: William Fleming High School
  • Thursday, June 4: Patrick Henry High School

The Wells Fargo Tower lights come in addition to the marquee displays at the Berglund Center throughout the week.

As for the graduation ceremonies, Forest Park Academy will air a virtual ceremony Tuesday at 6 p.m. via Facebook and YouTube.

Meanwhile, Roanoke City Public Schools will air Patrick Henry High School’s ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m., followed by William Fleming High School’s ceremony at 2 p.m.

These virtual graduations will also air on Facebook and YouTube. However, officials say the YouTube links will not be added to the school district’s website until the videos are uploaded.

In addition to Thursday’s virtual ceremonies, Roanoke City Public Schools says graduating seniors at both Patrick Henry and William Fleming received letters — which can be found here — about an opportunity to walk across the stage this week to receive their diplomas in separate ceremonies.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, school officials say everyone must practice social distancing and wear a face covering during these in-person ceremonies.

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