CMS begins drive-through diploma ceremonies, virtual graduations

CMS to begin drive-through diploma ceremonies, virtual graduations

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — It’s graduation season for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Class of 2020 and Wednesday, students from several schools will get to celebrate the tradition.

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Schools will have a diploma “drive-through” ceremony followed by a virtual graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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During the drive-through ceremony, students will be greeted by staff on the drive onto campus.

The district said seniors will be able to have their photo taken outside of their cars.

Students and families will also be able to watch the virtual graduation which will include speeches by students, principals and distinguished guests. Every graduate’s name will also be called during the virtual ceremony.

“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.”

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High School Diploma drive-through pick-up schedule:

Wednesday, June 10

  • Cochrane Collegiate Academy
  • Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
  • John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori
  • Butler High School
  • Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences/Military & Global Leadership Academy
  • West Charlotte High School Ardrey Kell High School

Thursday, June 11

  • Northwest School of the Arts
  • Providence High School
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Virtual High School
  • Independence High School
  • William Amos Hough High School
  • Performance Learning Center
  • West Mecklenburg High School

Friday, June 12

  • Garinger High School
  • Merancas Middle College High School (Drive-Thru Pick-Up @ JM Alexander)
  • East Mecklenburg High School
  • Levine Middle College High School
  • Olympic High School
  • Cato Middle College High School
  • Harper Middle College High School

Saturday, June 13

  • North Mecklenburg High School
  • Rocky River High School
  • Harding High School
  • Zebulon B. Vance High School
  • South Mecklenburg High School
  • Hopewell High School

Monday, June 15

  • Mallard Creek High School
  • Charlotte Engineering Early College Metro School
  • Myers Park High School

Click here to view the schedule and click here for the schedule of the virtual ceremonies.

Now that CMS has decided its graduation plan, what comes next?