Class of 2020 Graduation Plans

MCPS Announces Graduation Plans for the Class of 2020
Posted on 05/07/2020
Graduation 2020

The family of every graduating senior will have a front seat to their student’s graduation on May 30, 2020. MCPS will hold a live, socially distanced graduation at Virginia Tech in parking lot I, also known as the cage parking lot. More information is available on the graduation website -

A stage will be set up at the front of the parking lot. Graduates and their families will arrive in cars, with families arriving at the site together. All cars will park facing the stage for the opening remarks. All cars in a family will travel to the front of the stage where the graduate will exit the vehicle, walk across the stage, and receive their diploma cover. Families will be parked directly in front of the stage while the graduate crosses, and will be able to take photos of their graduate from their vehicles.

“This style of graduation will allow our seniors to graduate together while still maintaining social distance. This helps our students, staff, and families to stay safe and healthy,” said Superintendent Mark Miear. 

The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will begin at the following times: 

Blacksburg High School - 8:00 a.m.

Eastern Montgomery High School - Noon

Auburn High School - 2:30 p.m.

Christiansburg High School - 5:30 p.m.

“We are grateful for the many organizations that have worked together to make this graduation ceremony a reality, including Virginia Tech, Town of Christiansburg, New River Valley Public Health Task Force, and all of our local law enforcement agencies,” said Superintendent Mark Miear. “Our community has rallied behind this plan to help make it happen.” 

The graduation ceremonies will occur rain or shine.  Should lightning cause a delay for any of the graduation ceremonies, they will be moved to Sunday, May 31. 

The Class of 2020 graduation information was announced on Friday, May 1, through a video with all four high school principals. 


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