MINT HILL, NC – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system halted in-person classes, Monday, March 16th in hopes of limiting the corona virus’s impact on the community. It could not be known at that time; the full impact school closures would have on the graduating class of 2020. With social distancing still in effect, CMS Graduation Task Force members, Local Administrators, Teachers, parents, and the entire Mint Hill community, found creative ways to honor this year’s graduating seniors.
June 9th through the 13th, pre-recorded, virtual graduation ceremonies were streamed live on the CMS YouTube channel and Facebook. They featured the playing of pomp and circumstance, speeches by students, principals, and distinguished guests. Each graduate’s name was called during the ceremonies. A day after the virtual graduation ceremonies, students and families were able to drive onto school campuses and receive their actual diplomas. They were greeted by school staff, music, and balloons. Seniors, donning their caps and gowns, had a chance to pose with the principal, have their photograph taken, and pick up a congratulatory yard sign and graduation program.
Elyse Dashew, Chairperson At-Large of the CMS Board of Education, said that while no one knew what to expect, the event and the opportunity for personal interaction with students was something special.
Rocky River High School teacher Diamond Quinichett, said that the parade was a chance for students to come out and get the love and support that they deserve.
Congratulations to all 2020 graduates, for all of your hard work, and for continuing your educational goals in the face of unprecedented circumstances. Good luck in all of your future endeavors.