Graduation Update

Graduation Update
Posted on 04/23/2020
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April 23, 2020 - Graduation Update

Dear Seniors and Parents,

As Superintendent Donald Fennoy assured you in previous graduation updates, the District continues to remain hopeful that in-person celebrations for graduates may be possible at a later time when the health threat posed by COVID-19 is no longer a risk.

As you are aware, the District will conduct virtual graduations for each school, again, these virtual ceremonies do not preclude the possibility for a later celebration. The dates for those commencements will span from
May 26 through June 5.

Please visit: palmbeachschools.org/graduation2020 to see the graduation schedule, ways to watch the graduations, and information about platforms that include virtual graduation watch parties.

Each virtual graduation will be unique and follow the format of a traditional graduation. Your principal, valedictorian, salutatorian, and Superintendent Fennoy will celebrate you, and your tremendous milestone, through speeches.

Your name will be read, just as it would be in a traditional ceremony, and your yearbook picture will appear. Students who didn’t take yearbook photos will be given the opportunity to submit a photo.

Your school is also submitting photos highlighting activities on campus throughout the school year. Also, based on feedback from the student government representative at the District’s School Board workshop, your class president will be invited to conduct the traditional turning of the tassel.

The District’s Communications team is currently working with your principal to pull all of the pieces together for each graduation presentation.

Each graduation will be pre-recorded and will run about one hour and 20 minutes. The recorded graduations will also be posted for you to view after your scheduled graduation date.

The graduation website will be continually updated as graduation planning and production continues.

From the entire school District of Palm Beach County, congratulations on your continued success!


April 15, 2020 - Graduation Update

To the Distinguished Class of 2020,

I hope you are settling into your Google Classrooms and getting the most out of distance learning during this last stretch of your K-12 career.

As I promised you in my letter on April 7, the District has been exploring other commencement celebration options following the cancellation of graduation ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Many of you have called and emailed. I thank you for your input and ideas which were certainly taken into consideration.

I agree with the most prevalent collective opinion that a traditional graduation ceremony is the preferred way to honor your academic achievements; however, state and local guidelines regarding social distancing prevent the District from allowing mass gatherings at this time.

As you are aware, neither state or federal officials are able to provide a clear timeline for when large gatherings will again be safe. However, please know that the District is monitoring the situation closely, hoping that there may be a possibility that schools can coordinate recognition events in late summer.

In the meantime, I want you to be recognized in a way that I know is
100 percent possible now.

The District will hold virtual graduation ceremonies, beginning in late May, which will follow the format of traditional graduations. Your name will be called and your picture will be displayed to mark this milestone in your academic career. You’ll hear from speakers including your principal and your classmates. I would be honored to help you mark this important occasion by saying a few words about your achievements and resilience, not only during this unprecedented time, but throughout your academic career.

Your virtual graduation will air on Comcast 234, AT&T U-verse 99, and will be streamed on the District’s website: palmbeachschools.org. Perhaps you can host a virtual watch party where you invite friends and family to enjoy the celebration with you. The schedule of virtual graduations will be shared with you when it is finalized.

As I mentioned previously, your hard-earned high school diploma is a testament to your great success and determination.

On behalf of the entire School District of Palm Beach County, please accept our sincere appreciation of your understanding during this time of uncertainty.

Respectfully,
Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D.
Superintendent, School District of Palm Beach County


April 8, 2020 - Graduation Update

 

Graduation Update

This is the School District of Palm Beach County with more information about high school graduations. 

As Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II stated in his letter to seniors and parents yesterday, the District is exploring other commencement options.

Yesterday's announcement regarding graduations was not that they are canceled outright, it was to inform parents and seniors that ceremonies will not be taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The District had a legal contractual agreement with the South Florida Fairgrounds to cancel the venue within 30 days of the first scheduled graduation.

Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, the District made a decision to cancel, based on the safety of students and staff who would be gathered indoors in a large group setting. More information is forthcoming as District staff works closely with school principals and student government representatives regarding the potential for other commencement opportunities.

Thank you for your patience as the District determines how best to safely recognize the Class of 2020 for reaching this milestone in their academic career.


April 7, 2020 - Letter from Superintendent Fennoy to the Class of 2020

 

To the Distinguished Class of 2020,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the following disappointing graduation update with you. Because of the current, state of Florida ‘Stay-at-Home’ order, and federal health directives to practice social distancing, I have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s graduation ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

I have not discounted exploring other options as we monitor the pandemic and its impact on Florida. Moving forward, the District will be communicating with your principal and your student government representatives regarding other viable opportunities to mark this great milestone in your life.

Canceling this annual tradition at the Fairgrounds is something I never would have envisioned before COVID-19 changed life as we know it.

Please know that your teachers, your principals, your superintendent and everyone who assisted you along your educational journey are profoundly proud of you and your accomplishments. You deserve to be celebrated in grand fashion. I regret, more than I can say, that this is just not possible to safely accomplish in a public setting at this time.

Your hard-earned high school diploma is a testament to your great success and determination. Your diploma will be mailed to your home, and I know that you and your family will treasure it no matter how it is conveyed to you.

On behalf of the entire School District of Palm Beach County, please accept our most sincere appreciation of your understanding during this time of uncertainty.

Respectfully,
Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D.
Superintendent, School District of Palm Beach County

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