Superintendent Announces Plans for 2020 Graduations
Published by Angel Hoggard on May 12, 2020
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Fayetteville, N.C. – During the regular monthly meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education today, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., shared with members of the Board plans to provide the opportunity for principals to invite graduating seniors to ‘walk across the stage’ to receive their diploma, amid COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.

Contingent upon the direction of Gov. Roy Cooper and access to the Crown Complex, graduating seniors will be able to receive their diploma between July 15 – 23, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the district will not be able to move forward with graduation ceremonies as scheduled in May.
 
The district made this decision after meeting with the Graduation Planning Team, which is made up of all high school principals and approximately 40 senior student leaders.
 
“The seniors expressed how strongly they felt about being able to walk across the stage to receive their diploma,” said Dr. Connelly. “We want to honor our seniors’ request and are preparing for this opportunity.”
 
The district hopes to provide a limited number of tickets to parents and guardians of graduating seniors, pending guidance from Gov. Roy Cooper and the Cumberland County Health Department. If social distancing and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) precautions are still in place, the district is working to provide a way for guests to view the graduation ceremonies via livestream or through another media platform.
 
According to Dr. Connelly, the graduating seniors will receive a special cord to wear as they receive their diploma. “The cord will represent the resiliency shown by our 2020 graduates as they have endured modified instruction, the loss of their senior prom and other special senior events, and now, a modified graduation ceremony.”
 
The district has also approved a distribution plan for senior regalia. Each high school will be communicating with seniors and their families about the pick-up schedule of regalia, announcements, cap and gown, etc. Additionally, all seniors will receive a yard sign from CCS celebrating their academic accomplishments. All social-distancing rules will apply during each pick-up event.
        

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