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Key West high school follows coronavirus social distancing measures with Jet Ski graduation

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A high school in Florida's Key West came up with a novel way to honor its graduating seniors this year.

Somerset Island Prep held a Jet Ski graduation ceremony that took place on the water and complied with coronavirus social distancing measures.

The graduation took place Tuesday off Key West’s Southernmost House.

Somerset Island Prep held a Jet Ski Graduation ceremony for its 11 graduating seniors Tuesday in Key West, Florida.

Somerset Island Prep held a Jet Ski Graduation ceremony for its 11 graduating seniors Tuesday in Key West, Florida. (Somerset Island Prep)

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The 11 seniors, wearing graduation caps and gowns and face masks, rode up on personal watercrafts to a boat to collect their diplomas from Principal Tom Rompella. He was in a mask and used a pole to hand out the diplomas.

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“This final ceremony for our seniors represents the same theme that has played out throughout the
entirety of their time at Island Prep,” Rompella said in a news release. “That no barrier is too large to overcome and that through creativity and hard work we can overcome any challenge.”

Principal Tom Rompella hands out diplomas at a Jet Ski graduation for graduating seniors at Somerset Island Prep in Key West.

Principal Tom Rompella hands out diplomas at a Jet Ski graduation for graduating seniors at Somerset Island Prep in Key West. (Somerset Island Prep)

The graduating seniors took jet ski lessons prior to the big day.

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Somerset Island Preparatory is Key West’s only charter high school, established a decade ago.

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