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Important Commencement Announcement for the Class of 2021

With the final marking term of the 2020-2021 school year underway, graduation is starting to feel very close for the Class of 2021. Wicomico County Public Schools is pleased to announce that commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 for all four high schools will be held at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Shorebirds Stadium) in June.

Though events of this size are still not advisable indoors, current CDC, state and county health guidelines allow for the planning of commencement ceremonies outdoors this spring. Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, provides the best available setting for honoring graduating seniors from the four high schools. We anticipate that schools will be able to provide 4 guest tickets per graduate. All COVID-19 health and safety procedures must be followed during commencement, including having 6 feet of physical distancing and the wearing of face masks by all.

Wicomico Schools and its high schools are very pleased that most aspects of our traditional commencement ceremonies will be back, including the processional of graduating seniors, performances by band and chorus, and the participation of the Wicomico High JROTC color guard. In a twist on the traditional walk across the stage, members of the Class of 2021 will be announced over the stadium loudspeaker as they walk to home plate to receive their diploma. New this year: All of the commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed so that those not in attendance can watch.

Commencement ceremonies must take place on dates when the stadium is not already booked, so the commencement schedule will be as follows:

 

Friday, June 11:

7 p.m., Commencement for Mardela Middle and High

(mandatory commencement rehearsal Thursday, June 10 at 9 a.m.)

 

Saturday, June 12:

10 a.m., Commencement for Parkside High

(mandatory commencement rehearsal Thursday, June 10 at 12 p.m.)

2:30 p.m., Commencement for Wicomico High

(mandatory commencement rehearsal Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m.)

7 p.m., Commencement for James M. Bennett High

(mandatory commencement rehearsal Friday, June 11 at 12 p.m.)

 

Evening High School Commencement remains scheduled for Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Location details will be announced soon.

 

Commencement plans were shared with senior families Friday evening in a SchoolMessenger call/email from the school. Each high school is also developing plans for other safe celebrations for the Class of 2021.

The commencement ceremony for Wicomico County Evening High School will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at a location to be determined. With a much smaller graduating class than the four traditional high schools, Evening High does not require an outdoor community venue for commencement.

Note: The last day of school for seniors will be Thursday, June 3. There are no final exams this year.