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CMS planning to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for class of 2021

Each graduate will be limited to two guests, according to the district, but all the ceremonies will be available to view remotely through live streams.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The class of 2021 at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be celebrating graduation in person, according to the school district.

The district will be holding in-person graduation ceremonies with safety protocols and social distancing requirements in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each graduate will be limited to two guests, according to the district, but all the ceremonies will be available to view remotely through live streams. 

In addition to the limitations on guests, attendance by school staff will be limited based on the venue. 

CMS is planning to use three different Charlotte venues for the ceremonies: Bojangles Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the Charlotte Convention Center. 

Students who choose to not attend in-person will still have their names recognized during the graduation ceremonies. 

“Graduation is a time-honored tradition and we are looking forward to providing in-person celebrations for our graduates," Superintendent Earnest Winston said in a statement. "The 2021 Graduation Committee carefully considered health and safety as they explored the best ways for our students and families to celebrate this important occasion.”

A full list of dates and times for CMS graduation ceremonies can be found here.