In Pictures: How Sweden’s high schoolers are celebrating graduation in times of corona

In Pictures: How Sweden's high schoolers are celebrating graduation in times of corona
Students at a school in Nacka, outside Stockholm, adjusted the typical celebrations slightly. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
High school graduation is usually a big celebration for Sweden's 18-year-olds. This year, festivities have adapted due to coronavirus restrictions, but in many schools they have still been able to take place.


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

At Malmö Latinskola, above, students marked graduation in their class groups with 30-40 minutes between each group to reduce social contact. The Public Health Agency has repeatedly warned that all celebrations, from religious festivals to graduations, must look different this year, and said graduation celebrations should take place class by class, with relatives meeting their children outside, and measures taken to ensure good hygiene and no crowding.

 

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Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

On Tuesday, relatives are pictured above waiting outside the school to watch the traditional “running out”. Only two relatives per students were allowed to attend.


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

While schools for younger children have remained open throughout the coronavirus outbreaks, upper secondary schools have been asked to switch to distance learning, though that restriction is lifted from mid-June.


Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Students take part in the traditional tour of the city on the back of a float. The bus has Danish licence plates, but the picture was taken in Malmö in southern Sweden.


Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

At Nacka gymnasium to the east of Stockholm, happy students run out of school to celebrate their graduation.


Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

As for the sailor hats, that's a tradition that dates back to the the mid-1800s. Read more about it here.


Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Again, only two family members per student were allowed to attend, with rectangles drawn on the ground for each group to ensure social distancing.


Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

One tradition that didn't need to be adapted is the use of banners showing a photo of the graduating student as a baby or child.


Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Class celebrations and photo opportunities were confined to specific areas, with family members waiting separately.


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