WBTV has the details:

The Union County School Board voted to host traditional graduation ceremonies while practicing social distancing— despite North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s order that prohibits them.

The motion narrowly passed in a 5-4 vote.

But discussions continued to explore back-up plans like hosting graduation in South Carolina or breaking up graduations into small groups that honor the governor’s order.

Violating the governor’s order is a class 2 misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Chairperson Merrell says it would likely amount $11,000 fine because there are 11 high schools in the district.

This sends a strong signal to other school boards in North Carolina that may be considering traditional graduation ceremonies.