Miami-Dade County Public Schools released the schedule for the 2021 graduation ceremonies, and all health and safety guidelines will continue to be followed amid the pandemic.
The ceremonies are scheduled for June 1 – June 9, and will range in size from 20 to 958 graduates.
Modifications have been made to ensure social distancing:
Each graduate will be allotted two tickets for their parents/guardians
Parents/Guardians will sit in PODS of two and be socially distanced from others
Each venue will have a dedicated entrance just for the graduates
Staggered graduation schedule will reduce traffic and allow ample time for cleaning and sanitizing each venue between sessions
Graduates will be socially distanced from principal for photos
Diplomas will be handed out upon return of the cap and gown
Extensive health and safety protocols will be used for graduates and dignitaries participating in the ceremonies, including:
Graduates will be socially distanced in front of stage area
Face coverings will be mandatory for all participants
Platform guests will be socially distanced
Microphone(s) will be sanitized after each speaker
Platform guests will create a socially distanced receiving line
There will be no handshaking after graduates receive diploma cover
Only ticketed guests and graduates will be allowed into venue
Hand sanitizer will be provided
In addition to wearing a mask or facial covering, all those attending will be required to complete a health screening prior to entry.
Graduations will take place at three venues:
Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center
FIU’s Ocean Bank Convocation Center
Miami Senior High Auditorium
Graduations will also be streamed for families and friends who may be unable to attend physically.
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