CCPS offering optional in-person graduation recognition for seniors

CCPS offering optional in-person graduation recognition for seniors


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 will be honored the week of June 1 during in-person recognitions at their schools. Last week, Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill announced an update for graduating seniors with an option to walk across a stage in their cap and gown.

Each high school is coordinating a date and time slot for students to walk across an outdoor stage at their respective school. In-person recognitions are set for the week of June 1, with two schools hosting events per day. These events are not open to the general public. At these events, students will have their picture taken to commemorate their graduation.

The in-person recognition is optional. Families are limited to one vehicle and must follow directions provided by principals, school staff and law enforcement. Students who choose not to participate in the in-person option can provide a photo of themselves dressed in their cap and gown to be featured in their respective school’s virtual graduation ceremony.

Virtual ceremonies also will include a senior portrait of each graduating senior if CCPS has one on file, and a roll call of graduate names. Additionally, speeches from keynote speakers such as class valedictorian, salutatorian, school principal and Superintendent Hill, will be included in each ceremony.

CCPS will feature a virtual graduation for all seven high schools starting at 7 a.m. on June 11. Graduations will run, starting at 7 a.m., on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FiOS Channel 12, on the CCPS Vimeo and YouTube channels.

 Ceremonies on Vimeo and YouTube are on demand; community members can watch any graduation ceremony at any time on these outlets. The CCPS Vimeo site is https://vimeo.com/ccpstv and YouTube is https://www.youtube.com/user/ccpsmd. All graduation ceremonies will be posted on the CCPS website at ccboe.com after June 11.

Parents or students with specific questions about their child’s in-person ceremony option should contact the school principal.  

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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