Superintendent's Letter to Seniors, May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
To the Members of the Loudoun County Public Schools Class of 2020 and Their Families:
I am very pleased to announce that Loudoun County Public Schools has created a plan to hold in-person graduation ceremonies for individual 2020 graduates and their families, between June 8 and June 24.
The ceremonies will include a senior walking across a stage at their school, listening to their name announced as a graduate, and receiving their diploma with family members in attendance.
In April, I wrote a heartfelt letter to you in which I stated that we would hold in-person graduation ceremonies when it is safe to do, based on the recommendations of public health authorities and the conditions that are present in the community. Yesterday, the Governor confirmed Northern Virginia will enter Phase 1 of the Forward Virginia Blueprint for easing public health restrictions on May 29, which enables us to announce these plans. As long as the Governor does not return Northern Virginia to Phase 0 or change the restrictions for Phase 1, we will be able to hold the ceremonies between June 8 and June 24.
As I said in my previous letter, “You have anticipated walking the stage, receiving your diploma and turning the tassel on your cap.” You have earned a joyous celebration, and we are excited to be able to provide an opportunity to recognize your effort and dedication in achieving this important milestone.
Additional details of the in-person, individual graduation ceremonies need to be finalized by individual schools, and seniors and their families will receive more information as soon as it is available. Schools are continuing with the previously announced virtual celebrations of seniors.
Ceremonies for individual students are not the same as whole-school ceremonies, but we are just as excited to celebrate you and your accomplishments through these individual ceremonies. Congratulations!
Eric Williams, Ed.D.