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DeKalb Schools 2020 Graduation Schedule

Congratulations High School Seniors Class of 2020. According to the DeKalb Schools 2019 – 2020 Calendar, the last day of school is May 21, 2020. Graduation ceremonies will be the last week of school.

Class of 2020

DeKalb County School District 2020 Graduation Schedule (Final Version)
Class of 2020
Georgia World Congress Center

Date School Time
Monday, May 18, 2020 Cross Keys High School 9 AM
Arabia Mountain High School 1 PM
Miller Grove High School 5 PM
Chamblee High School 8 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Stephenson High School 9 AM
Clarkston High School 1 PM
Redan High School 5 PM
Dunwoody High School 8 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr High School 9 AM
Cedar Grove High School 1 PM
Lithonia High School 5 PM
Stone Mountain High School 8 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Elizabeth Andrews High School 9 AM
McNair High School 1 PM
Columbia High School 5 PM
DeKalb School of the Arts 8 PM
Friday, May 22, 2020 Southwest DeKalb High School 9 AM
Druid Hills High School 1 PM
Tapestry Charter School 5 PM
Lakeside High School 8 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2020 Towers High School 1 PM
Tucker High School 5 PM
DeKalb Early College Academy 8 PM
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Margaret Harris Comprehensive School
Ceremony will be held at the school
8 PM

Yea or Nay – Graduation Ceremonies at GWCC

After Sunday we’ll be finished with graduation ceremonies (BTW … Congrats Class of 2019!) How did it go and should we hold graduation ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center again next year?

Marlon Walker wrote in the AJC that in October of last year, parents were reeling over having graduation at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) a week after school ended. However, Walker reported, it ended up being Much Ado About Nothing.

Is that right?

BACKGROUND
Through the class of ’16 various DeKalb high schools used governmental buildings, arenas and churches to hold graduation ceremonies. Many high schools were challenged with the capacity to find and pay for a venue. The school district was also allegedly challenged by the AFL-CIO on the holding of school district graduation ceremonies in religious facilities.

For the class of ’17, DeKalb Schools sought out an equitable solution for graduation ceremonies. For the low-low price of $300K+, they decided that the most cost effective, accessible and equitable solution would be the GWCC.

NAY SAYERS
Here is some of the constructive feedback I have received.

Graduation was scheduled a week after the last day of school. Plenty of parents and students couldn’t make it or had to change Summer plans.

DeKalb Schools charged seniors $35 for these graduation ceremonies. It’s hard to see where all that money went.

Parents paid $15 park or more if it was during an ATL United game.

Students expected part of their $35 to go towards an air conditioned bus. However, many students arrived at their school 4 hours before the ceremony started only to drive in full regalia to the GWCC in a non air conditioned bus.

To quote a parent,

The “best” part was that after the ceremony, we were herded to an outdoor plaza to meet our graduates. After 20 minutes of photos and talking, security personnel that we paid for actually went around and turned on SIRENS and used bullhorns to tell us to leave. They were constantly running the sirens and yelling at us on the bullhorns for the rest of the time. Just super respectful to families. It was mortifying for our out of town guests and humiliating. And the next group had not even STARTED their ceremony, so there was no chance of a conflict.

What are your thoughts about holding graduation at the GWCC?


RELATED POSTS

Graduation Schedule – DeKalb Schools Class of 2019
November 2, 2018 – Currently the school district is planning on having graduation ceremonies in the middle of the Summer. That’s understandably not going over very well with the parents. Here’s the current schedule for 2019 graduation ceremonies.
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Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremonies Schedule
November 17, 2017 – All high school graduations will be held during the week of May 21-26, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. This is the second year to have graduation ceremonies at the GWCC. Last year the ceremonies were on time, air conditioned, streamed online with great production value … and it better be for $300K.

My Graduation Ceremony – Open Letter To DCSD
May 10, 2017 – Georgia Wescott’s Open Letter to the DeKalb County School District with her thoughts about the venue selected by the senior administration without input from the local CCHS community.

Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremonies Schedule
April 13, 2017 – Dr. Green created a District Graduation Task Force to begin looking at venues, available dates and costs for specific locations to house district ceremonies.

Graduation Schedule – DeKalb Schools Class of 2017
April 13, 2017 – Dr. Green created a District Graduation Task Force to begin looking at venues, available dates and costs for specific locations to house district ceremonies.

DeKalb Schools ESPLOST

All Graduation Ceremonies At Georgia World Congress Center
October 11, 2016 – All DeKalb County high school graduations will be held during the week of May 22-27, 2017. Here is the school schedule.
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