Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has released the Class of 2020's drive-through diploma ceremony and graduation schedule.
A key component of the graduation experience will feature seniors picking up their diploma during a drive-through ceremony the day after the virtual graduation. The drive-through celebrations will be held on school campuses and are intended to provide a memorable experience for students and families.
As cars carrying students drive onto the school campus, they will be greeted by school staff who will wave them through a celebratory procession with music and balloons. Seniors, donning their caps and gowns, will have the opportunity to have a professional photographer take a picture – while social distancing – outside of their car. They will also be able to pick up a congratulatory yard sign and program. For the drive-through ceremonies on Saturday, June 13, students will be able to pick up diplomas on June 15.
The pre-recorded virtual graduation ceremonies will feature the playing of pomp and circumstances, and speeches by students, principals and distinguished guests. Every graduate's name will be called during the ceremonies, which will be held between June 9-13. Students and families will be able to watch the ceremonies on the CMS YouTube channel and Facebook.
The virtual graduations were developed using the work of the CMS Graduation Task Force, which was created to develop a memorable 2020 graduation within the safety and health parameters in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the virtual graduation and drive-through ceremonies, schools will also be able to hold an event for the Class of 2020 later this year if local and state guidelines permit such gatherings by that time.
"While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we celebrate graduations for the Class of 2020, it has not diminished our pride in our students' achievements," Superintendent Earnest Winston said. "We are proud of our graduates, schools and staff for coming together to celebrate."
To see the full schedule of virtual ceremonies, click here and for the diploma pickup schedule, click here.