Richmond County School System 2020 Graduation Ceremonies Update

The Richmond County School System has updated their plans for graduation ceremonies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with the following statement:

The Richmond County School System (RCSS) announced today updates for Class of 2020-2021 graduation ceremonies. The recent increase in Coronavirus cases caused concern about holding large gatherings like graduation ceremonies. As a result, the ceremonies as planned for the James Brown Arena next week have been cancelled.

“We scheduled July graduation dates with the hope that we could have traditional ceremonies for the Class of 2020,” said Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw, Superintendent of Richmond County School System. “With the rise in local coronavirus cases, we were advised to modify our plans. We want to do what is safest and best for our students, their families and our community,” Dr. Bradshaw added.

The High Schools will hold drive-through graduation ceremonies for students to pick up their diplomas at their schools using the following schedule:

Monday, July 20

  • Cross Creek High School – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Davidson Fine Arts – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Glenn Hills High School – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21

  • Hephzibah High School – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Laney High School – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Josey High School – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22

  • A.R. Johnson Magnet School – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Westside High School – 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Academy of Richmond County – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23

  • Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Performance Learning Center – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Butler High School – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Graduates will receive details and procedures for drive-through graduation ceremonies from their principals in the coming days. Virtual ceremonies for each school will be available for viewing on the RCSS and High School websites beginning Monday.

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