Q: Is there a possibility of having an in-person graduation in the future?
A: Yes. We are mindful of the safety guidelines, and should the social distancing measures lift and guidelines are adjusted, the Board of Education will consider having an in-person graduation ceremony at a later time.
Q: What is a virtual graduation?
A: A virtual graduation is an alternative way, in lieu of the in-person graduation, to provide high schools a platform to celebrate the graduates. It will be premiered on a number of livestreams, providing a personalized recognition of each graduate, as well as including performances and speeches from students, staff, Superintendent and Board Members.
Q: Why was the decision made to conduct a virtual graduation?
A: The decision to have the virtual graduation was due to the COVID-19 closures and social distance guidelines provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), LA County Public Health and LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education). We deeply care about the safety of our students, staff and guests. Additionally, a virtual graduation provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students and their accomplishments at each of our high schools promptly around the end of the school year.
Q: Typically, you can only bring a limited number of guests/families to a graduation ceremony. How many guests can participate in a virtual graduation?
A: There is no limit to the number of guests and families for a virtual graduation. Anyone with the link can view and in some cases participate in the audience with comments and emojis.
Q: I don’t have internet access to view the livestream of a virtual graduation so how do I view the virtual graduation?
A: Each graduation ceremony will be recorded, therefore you will be able to view at any time and have as a keepsake.
Q: Why are some other school districts having “in-person” graduations?
A: We cannot provide an answer on behalf of other school districts. Different Counties have varying guidelines and restrictions. We are adhering to the guidelines provided by the CDC, LA County Public Health, and LACOE which states, "All in-person graduation ceremonies, including use of cars for drive-in graduations (even if one student at a time), are considered public gatherings and are therefore prohibited."