Health & Safety Protocols in Place for M-DCPS’ Class of ’21 Graduation Ceremonies

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in-person graduation ceremonies, scheduled for June 1-9, will adhere to recommendations and protocols prioritizing health and safety guidelines established by the CDC and local health experts. This will allow families the opportunity to celebrate this resilient class of future leaders.

The graduations will range in size from 20 to 958 graduates. Modifications have been made to the traditional graduation ceremony 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 our 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

Parents/Guardians or guests will be required to adhere to the health safety protocols previously outlined.  In addition to wearing a mask or facial covering, they 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, and the Miami Senior High Auditorium. Graduations will also be streamed for families and friends who may be unable to attend physically.