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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Guide for Students and Families

This was not the year any of us expected, least of all for our graduating seniors. Despite the circumstances, Baltimore City Public Schools remains committed to celebrating the Class of 2020!

District-wide Virtual Graduation

Watch the celebration of our graduating seniors at a district-wide graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 at 6 p.m. The ceremony includes remarks from Baltimore City Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young, City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, School Board Chair Linda Chinnia, author and entrepreneur Wes Moore, radio hosts DJ Quicksilva and Porkchop, actress Bresha Webb, singer Mario, Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, WBFF anchor Patrice Sanders, and performances and music.

Honoring Graduates at City Hall

From June 10 to June 27, City Hall will be illuminated with school colored lights to honor 2020 graduates

Lighting Schedule: PDF

Graduations

School graduations
Browse Graduation Dates and Times

Graduations will take place virtually from June 10-18, 2020, and will be streamed on social media and on Channel 77. Recordings of each school’s graduation are on our website and YouTube channel. You will receive your caps and gowns from your school.

The decision about in-person graduations is still being determined. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and the guidance about gatherings before making a decision about whether to hold in-person celebrations later in the summer or the fall.

Signs for the Class of 2020

We have yard or window signs to celebrate every senior.  Some schools have already delivered their signs, while others will be delivered over the course of the next week. Please look out for them and boldly tell the world that you’re on your way to graduation.

Senior Check-out

In June, seniors will have the opportunity to return to their school to drop off any school-owned items. During that time, students will also be able to pick up their diplomas, reimbursed dues, and other related items. Specific details will be shared by the end of May. and the school will share a specific schedule. All students or parents coming to senior check-out should wear a mask and be prepared to remain appropriately distanced. Seniors unable to come at the scheduled times should reach out to their schools to schedule a specific time.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas will be distributed in June at school sites as part of the senior check-out process. Specific schedules will be shared by the end of May. 

Senior Dues Reimbursement

Schools will be refunding senior class dues for activities canceled on or after March 12. Reimbursement will be in the form of a check and will be distributed in person during senior check-out. Parents of seniors who also have a child in 9th -11th grade at the same school may choose to redirect the senior dues to their younger child’s class dues and should receive documentation from the school confirming this change. Senior dues from the 2019-2020 school year will only be reimbursed through December 2020.

Transition Guide

Quick and accurate information for the Class of 2020 is now available through the quick-reference version of “Transitions: A Guide for The Class of 2020.” This one sheet, available in English and Spanish, includes abbreviated updates about end-of-year matters such as testing, credits, and more.

Full version of the Transitions guide

Postsecondary Transition

The district and each high school are committed to supporting seniors to your next step. Our goal is for every graduating senior to have a post-secondary plan.

Virtual School Counselor
If students do not know how to reach out to their school counselor or college advisor, they can contact the virtual counselor, and he or she can help or direct them to the appropriate person. Students who have questions or need additional support can reach out to their school counselor/college advisor or contact the virtual counselor.

Two-year/Four-year College
Complete a college application, take the placement test, complete a FAFSA, add colleges to the FAFSA, find and apply for scholarships, complete the FAFSA verification process with the college (if there is a drastic change to your financial situation, reach out to the college for additional financial aid), conduct virtual college tours, review-compare-accept/decline financial aid, develop a class schedule, pay enrollment/housing deposits (varies by school).

Training/Apprenticeship Program

Military

  • Contact military recruiter, take and pass the ASVAB, pass physical at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station), meet with a MEPS career counselor to determine a career, take the oath of enlistment, and receive orders with Basic Training report date
  • https://www.march2success.com/
  • https://www.usa.gov/join-military

Workforce

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Our principals have some amazing moves— and a special message for seniors on the last day of senior spirit week!