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Graduation Schedule – DeKalb Schools Class of 2019

Soooo … the last day of school is May 23, 2019. Graduation ceremonies start 4 days later on Tuesday, May 28.

I hope the seniors consider sticking around for the graduation ceremonies. I’m getting a lot of feedback from parents.

Katie Frame is a parent of a senior at Dunwoody High School. She is livid about the graduation schedule and started a petition to Return Dekalb Schools Graduation to Scheduled Week. Her email to me is representative of a flood of emails I’m receiving …

My name is Katie Frame and I am a parent of a senior at Dunwoody High School. I am writing to the entire board to express my unhappiness and disappointment with the November 1 announcement of new dates for 2019 graduation. I would like the board to move the date back to the week of May 20-24 and, if necessary, holding the events at the Dekalb County Stadiums.

It is November and everyone has been planning for a ceremony that occurs the week of May 20-24, 2018 – before the end of the board approved school year. To move graduation into summer at this late date will mean that some students, parents and teachers will not be able to attend and that is not fair to those individuals or their peers and community.

Students have made job plans that start immediately following the end of the school year. Families have been making plans to come together that week to celebrate. Parents and Teachers have made vacation plans and paid deposits for the week of May 27th (the week following Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel times of the summer). Teachers may not be able to participate in graduation because they have job and summer plans that start once the school year ends. Moving this date will cause a financial burden for those that have to change work plans, flights, vacation plans, etc. and not everyone can afford to do that.

The class of 2019 deserves to be able to celebrate their achievement as a group. They deserve to have teachers and other faculty present to celebrate all they have worked for over the last four years. To move graduation at this late date ensures that we will not have complete attendance and it diminishes the full graduation experience for all DHS students, parents, teachers and families.

I am also concerned with the complete lack of communication from the district on this topic. We have been waiting for a date, our DHS sponsors and principal have requested the date on multiple occasions, and we have seen no information from the district. Our school leadership was not updated, and our parent community was not updated. To move graduation to a new week that occurs AFTER the end of the school year is unfair to everyone involved. We can certainly look at previous years that used district stadiums as facilities or move to create Regional Plans that put graduations in the hands of the regional leadership.

Thank you for hearing my concern. I hope that you can help us find a graduation solution that will keep graduation in the week of May 20-24 so that all the students can participate along with teachers, administration and parents.

The district is strangely quiet about graduation ceremonies right now. The only message I have seen from senior administration is, “We thank you for your patience. The booking of two major events by the Georgia World Congress Center during the week prior and the week ending the school year posed a bit of a challenge for all school districts needing a large venue for numerous ceremonies.”

DeKalb County School District Graduation Schedule
2018 -2019
Georgia World Congress Center

Date School Time
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Towers High School 10AM
Columbia High School 1PM
Cedar Grove High School 4PM
DeKalb School of the Arts 7PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Lithonia High School 10AM
Dunwoody High School 1PM
Redan High School 4PM
Clarkston High School 7PM
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Lakeside High School 10AM
DeKalb Early College Academy 1PM
Stephenson High School 4PM
Cross Keys High School 7PM
Friday, May 31, 2019 McNair High School 10AM
Arabia Mountain High School 1PM
Chamblee High School 4PM
Tucker High School 7PM
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Druid Hills High School 10AM
Martin L. King, Jr. High School 1PM
Miller Grove High School 4PM
Elizabeth Andrews High School 7PM
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Stone Mountain High School 10AM
Southwest DeKalb High School 1PM
Tapestry Charter School 4PM

Friday, May 17, 2019
10 AM
Margaret Harris Comprehensive School
Ceremony will be held at the school


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.

DeKalb Schools 2018 Graduation Rates

The four-year graduation rate for DCSD’s Class of 2018 was 75 percent, an increase from the 2017 graduation rate of 74 percent.

Between 2013 and 2018, the District graduation rate improved 15 percentage points, closing in on the state’s graduation rate of 81.6%: .

Three DCSD high schools have graduation rates of 90% or more:
• Arabia Mountain (99 percent) – Title I School
• DeKalb Early College Academy (100 percent) – Title I School
• DeKalb School of the Arts (96 percent)

Nine high schools have graduation rates of 80% or more:
• Cedar Grove (82 percent) – Title I School
• Chamblee Charter (83 percent) – Title I School
• Dunwoody (86 percent)
• Lakeside (82 percent) – Title I School
• Miller Grove (80 percent) – Title I School
• Redan (82 percent) – Title I School
• Southwest DeKalb (86 percent) – Title I School
• Stephenson (87 percent) – Title I School
• Tucker (85 percent) – Title I School

Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)
This is the third year that students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) to earn a high school diploma. Note the huge increase in the graduation rate from 2014 to 2015 when the GHSGT was eliminated from the requirements to graduate.