DORAL, FL – Miami-Dade Schools has made available a tentative schedule for in-person high school graduation ceremonies for class of 2021.
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced on Twitter during the weekend that high schoolers will be able to have regular graduation ceremonies under COVID-19 protocols.
“Health & safety protocols will be presented to the Medical & Health Task Force for input. Final schedule and protocols will be provided to all high schools for dissemination to students and families shortly thereafter,” Carvalho twitted.
The tentative schedule for Miami-Dade Schools graduation ceremonies will take place from June 1 through June 4, and from June 7 to June 9.
Nine locations and venues will host these ceremonies, including educational centers and high schools such as Robert Morgan Senior High School or Miami Senior High in addition to events centers like Ocean Bank Convocation Center at FIU or Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition.
Around 25,000 seniors at more than 60 high schools are to have in-person graduations throughout the morning and afternoon. The earliest ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the latest, for 7:30 p.m.
“I’m happy that these students will get a chance to have a ceremony and walk the stage because it’s something I didn’t get the chance to experience with my daughter for class of 2020. You wait years for that moment just to have it taken from you. Some states had ceremonies in person,” posted a user on Twitter responding to Carvalho’s announcement.
Students across Miami-Dade saw their school lives abruptly change on March 2020 when the pandemic reached Florida. Since then, school classrooms were moved to online environments up until recently when all schools opened again for in-person learning, while many graduated from the distance last school year.