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Sinclair celebrates Md.’s graduating seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. took to the airways on WBFF-TV, channel 45 to celebrate Maryland’s graduating high school and college classes of 2020 whose in-person graduations were cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every year, tens of thousands gather across Maryland to celebrate their major life milestone of graduation from high school or college.  The coronavirus pandemic has robbed high school and college seniors and their families of this special celebration.  While nothing can ever replace that moment on a graduation stage, the WBFF team created a virtual experience to create memories for a lifetime.

The goal of the Fox45 team was to use its expertise in producing television shows to deliver a state-of-the-art virtual experience to viewers.  While many team members are working from home, they were still able to create cutting edge animation to mix with live celebrities and FOX45 News personalities for two special half-hour programs, High School Class of 2020 Graduation and College Class of 2020 Graduation.

Baltimore sports legends Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken Jr. both participated by providing keynote addresses.  Gov. Larry Hogan also shared words of wisdom for the Class of 2020 as they begin their next stage of life following high school and college. National celebrities Nick Cannon and “Wheel of Fortune” hostess Vanna White also made surprise appearances to congratulate the Class of 2020.

High School Class of 2020 Graduation and College Class of 2020 Graduation, aired multiples times across the WBFF broadcast platforms, including FOX45, CW Baltimore and MYTV Baltimore, as well as the stations’ digital platforms and streaming service, STIRR.

High School Class of 2020 Graduation and College Class of 2020 Graduation can be viewed online at: https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/fox45-graduation-special.

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