SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – High school seniors in Seminole County will attend their graduation ceremonies at the University of Central Florida’s football stadium this year after an agreement between the school district and UCF.
Seminole County Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin made the announcement this week in a video to families. Griffin said school leadership officials have been working since November to try and find a better solution for graduations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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“The stadium is very large and we will be able to accommodate many more guests for each graduating class,” Griffin said of the 45,000-seat venue known as the Bounce House.
The news will come as a relief to family and friends of graduates who would have not been able to attend under the previous graduation plans.
In February, Seminole County parents were notified that their high school seniors’ graduations would be in the auditorium like the year before and students would be required to reserve graduation time slots.
Seminole County high schools executive director Mike Gaudreau said the district also looked at using the Amway Center, but it was already booked for Orange County Public Schools events.
SCPS said Thursday that all graduation ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. on the following dates:
- May 14: Hagerty High School
- May 17: Lyman High School
- May 18: Lake Howell High School
- May 19: Oviedo High School
- May 20: Lake Mary High School
- May 21: Winter Springs High School
- May 24: Lake Brantley High School
- May 26: Seminole High School
Meanwhile, graduation for Crooms Academy of Information Technology will be held in the new Roy A. Allen Gymnasium at Crooms AOIT on Thursday, May 27. SCPS said it will hold two ceremonies on that date, with each senior allotted six tickets for family and friends.
- May 27 at 10 a.m.: Ceremony for seniors with last names A-LA
- May 27 at 1 p.m.: Ceremony for seniors with last names LI-Z
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