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Charles County Public Schools 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.

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