At its meeting Tuesday evening (May 12th) the Lincoln County Board of Education approved plans for graduation ceremonies for the four high schools. Graduations will be held on May 29th and 30th.
Under the revised plan, graduates will still participate in the commencement ceremony for their respective school on May 29th or 30th, but to accommodate mass gathering and social distancing guidelines, the format of the commencement ceremony will be different from previous years.
The district has been reviewing state and local graduation guidelines provided by the Governor’s Executive Order, the Health Department and the Department of Public Instruction for many weeks to consider graduation options. Mass gathering restrictions and social distancing guidelines eliminated the possibility of continuing a “traditional” graduation ceremony for each high school. As a result, school and district officials were tasked with considering other options.
District and school administrators met multiple times to review a variety of options. High school seniors were provided an opportunity to provide input and feedback in multiple forms to identify their preferences for the format of graduation. The format of approved options available included a drive-in, drive-through/parade, individualized, or 'virtual' commencement ceremony.
Each high school will consider and coordinate the option that is most feasible and meets the needs of the graduates of that school. Specific graduation plans will then be announced for each high school. The public is advised to continue to monitor high school and district social media platforms and websites for the latest information.
At their meeting Tuesday night, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board announced that their schools will hold prerecorded 'virtual' graduations that will include speeches and the reading of each graduate’s name with photos. Students and families will be able to watch, then the grads will get their diplomas during a drive-thru ceremony. A school-based celebration will be held later in the year for graduates.
Cabarrus County Schools will hold their graduation at Charlotte Motor Speedway June 12th and 13th. A big-screen video will be used for speeches, etc. and the grads and their parents will then be able to take a lap around the track, getting their diplomas at the finish line.