Back to Updates




The health and safety of graduates, graduate-guests, and staff are of utmost importance during the event. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 high schools will implement the below guidelines for graduations ceremonies.

  • Participants and guests will be required to wear a mask at all times except for the speakers, who should be a minimum of 15 feet from the front row of the audience.
  • Each high school graduate may invite up to four guests, based on venue capacity permitting family groups to socially distance among themselves.
  • All graduates and school, district, and event staff will check for COVID symptoms before the event. Anyone with symptoms should not attend.

As a reminder, COVID-19 screening questions include:

    • Do I have any of the following?
      • Fever
      • Shortness of Breath (Not Severe)
      • Cough
      • Chills
      • Repeated Shaking with Chills
      • Muscle Pain
      • Headache
      • Sore Throat
      • New Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Are you ill or caring for someone who is ill?
    • Have you come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Do you live in, or have you visited a place where COVID-19 exposure is prevalent?
    • Are you waiting on results of a COVID test?
  • Guests also should screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending the ceremony.
  • Seating will be blocked off into socially distant sections for parties. At minimum, six feet of space will be designated between each cohort.   
  • No more than four graduate-guests can sit together in those identified spaces.
  • Seating for graduates and other dignitaries will be, at minimum, six feet apart.
  • Schools should consult the most recent Order from the Metro Public Health Department for capacity restrictions, which vary between indoor spaces and outdoor spaces. Venues are expected to abide by those restrictions.
  • No bands or performances will be allowed to take place during graduation where performers are unmasked.
  • Students in the receiving line for their diplomas should be spaced apart. The staff on stage should stay safely distanced among themselves and the receiving line.
  • It is strongly discouraged to allow students and guests to congregate for photographs with anyone outside their household cohort. Alternatives include setting up a photo area with spacing already set out where students can take socially distanced photos with friends and other family. All photos must be taken with masks on while indoors, and are encouraged for outdoor photos as well.