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Graduation Ceremony Plans

Graduation Ceremony Plans


Due to CDC Guidelines and Restrictions all 2020 Graduation Ceremonies Will Be Postponed and Handled in the Following Formats.


Plan A

  • Live Graduation Ceremonies
    • A postponement date for each high school graduation ceremony is set for the following dates:
      • Port Charlotte High School on PCHS Football Field, July 14 at 9:00am
      • Charlotte Harbor Center at CPAC, July 14 at 6:00pm
      • Academy on PCHS Field July 15 at 9:00am
      • Charlotte Virtual High School at CPAC, July 15 at 6:00pm
      • Charlotte High School on CHS Football Field, July 16 at 9:00am
      • Lemon Bay High School on LBHS Football Field, July 17 at 9:00am
      • July 18 will be used as a rain date for Live Graduation Ceremonies.


  • Format
    • Graduates
      • Seated on field.
      • Graduates will remain at least 6 feet apart in all directions while seated.
      • When in line, Graduates must remain 3 yards apart.


  • Families
    • All Graduates Will Receive Two Tickets.
      • Two Tickets is based on the number of graduates and the dimensions of the home and visitor bleachers and CDC and State social distancing guidelines.
      • Spectators will be spread out in taped out sections in bleachers.
      • There should not be more than two people in any taped out section.
      • All marked areas in the bleachers will be at least 6 feet apart.
      • Six feet tape markings will be on all walkways and sidewalks to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines.
      • Spectators will be dismissed from the facility following the ceremony by sections in order to comply with CDC and State guidelines.


  • The Live Graduation Ceremonies will also be streamed live to accommodate the family members and friends that are not able to attend due to minimum tickets allowed.




Plan B

  • Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
    • Schools will plan and create a prerecorded Virtual Graduation Ceremony just in case the Postponed Live Graduation Ceremony cannot happen due to CDC and State guidelines and restrictions.
    • The Virtual Graduation will be prerecorded and ready to go as a backup plan and be ready to be sent to all families on the day of the scheduled postponed graduation for each high school if, unfortunately, the decision is that the Postponed Regular Graduation Ceremony cannot take place due to CDC and State guidelines.
      • The Virtual Ceremony will include all components of the traditional ceremony including:
        • A Student Speech
        • Principal Remarks
        • Presentation of the Class by Principal
        • Superintendent Acceptance of Class
        • Every Seniors Name Will Be Announced
        • Ceremonial Move of Tassel


  • If CCPS is able to hold the Postponed Graduation Ceremonies, the Virtual Graduation Ceremonies would still be sent to the families on the date their Ceremony is scheduled as an added way to honor the Class of 2020.
  • If we can only do Virtual Graduation Ceremonies due to CDC and State guidelines and restrictions, schools will make certain to do something special to recognize the class of 2020 during Homecoming Week to honor the class.



Note: Charlotte Technical College will host a Virtual Graduation Ceremony on June 12.  Charlotte Technical College will invite back any spring graduate to participate in the regularly scheduled December 2020 Graduation Ceremony if they choose to.



***** Plan A, which is Live Graduation Ceremonies, comes with the assumption that the CDC and State relax their large group restrictions by the week of when those ceremonies are now planned.

If the CDC and State do not relax, the large group restrictions by that week, Plan B will be used which will be a Virtual Graduation Ceremony.