CMS Details Plan for 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Superintendent Earnest Winston announces prerecorded virtual graduations for students
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At Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education meeting, superintendent Earnest Winston detailed plans for 2020 graduation ceremonies. As in-person events are no longer possible, CMS will offer "prerecorded virtual graduations." Each grad's name will be read alongside available photos, and events include speeches, including those by valedictorians, salutatorians, distinguished visitors, and others. Diplomas will be given out during a drive-through ceremony, and the recorded ceremony can be watched prior to that. 

The district has nearly 10,000 graduating seniors. Winston added that a task force had been discussing options for ceremonies since March, with the decision also aided by advice from state and local officials. The task force surveyed seniors, offering three options and the results were also reviewed by Winston.

A release from CMS added that “a future school-based celebration will also be held for graduates.”