Graduation Plans for Class of 2021

Polk County Public Schools’ 2021 graduations will once again feature important safety measures to reduce to spread of coronavirus, including limiting capacity.

“We are truly looking forward to celebrating our graduating seniors and all of their hard work,” said Tami Dawson, regional assistant superintendent for high schools. “This has been another unusual and challenging year, but we want to do our best to preserve important rites of passage like graduation ceremonies. While honoring our students, we must also stay vigilant in keeping up the fight against COVID-19.”

Most traditional high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. Ceremonies taking place at the RP Funding Center will be livestreamed on the PCPS YouTube channel. The seating area will be disinfected between ceremonies.

Three traditional high schools are planning to host their ceremonies at their home stadiums: Auburndale High, Fort Meade Middle-Senior and Frostproof Middle-Senior.

A complete list of all PCPS graduation ceremonies, including their dates, times, and venues is available below.

Health and Safety Precautions

The following health precautions will be taken during all graduations to ensure the safety of graduates, their guests and school district staff:

  • Each graduate will receive four numbered tickets for family members or guests. Limiting the number of guests will help ensure social distancing.
  • There will be assigned check-in times to prevent crowds from forming to get into the graduation venue.
  • Temperature screenings and security checks will be conducted as individuals enter.
  • Everyone will be required to wear face coverings, including graduates.
  • Graduates will be socially distanced during the ceremony.
  • There will be no handshakes.
  • Ceremonies will be condensed to approximately one hour to limit exposure.
  • Graduates, guests and staff members are being reminded that graduation ceremonies are not mandatory. Anyone who does not feel safe should not attend.

Important Notice for Students and Guests:

Graduation attendance is not mandatory. Anyone who does not feel safe attending the ceremony should not attend. This includes graduates, guests and staff members.

Some graduation ceremonies will be livestreamed on the PCPS YouTube Channel. Students who do not consent to this activity should not attend. Programs that will be livestreamed are noted in the schedule below.

2021 Graduation Schedule

School: Date: Time: Location: Live Stream:
Auburndale Senior High Wed., May 26 6:00 PM Bruce Canova Stadium, Auburndale Not Available
Bartow/IB/Summerlin Mon., May 24 3:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Doris Sanders, Jean O’Dell, Karen Siegel Sat., May 8 10:00 AM Lake Region High Auditorium View Livestream
East Area Adult Wed., June 2 4:00 PM Auburndale High Auditorium Not Available
West Area Adult Wed., June 2 6:00 PM Auburndale High Auditorium Not Available
Fort Meade Middle-Senior Sat., May 22 9:00 AM Emory C. Lamb Stadium At Frank S. Battle Field Not Available
Fresh Start – Lakeland Fri., May 28 3:00 PM Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College Not Available
Fresh Start – Winter Haven/Bartow Fri., May 28 7:00 PM Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College Not Available
Frostproof Middle-Senior Sat., May 22 1:00 PM Faris Brannen Stadium, Frostproof Not Available
Gause Academy of Leadership Thurs., June 3 6:30 PM Bartow High School Auditorium Not Available
George W. Jenkins Senior High Tues., May 25 3:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Haines City Senior High/IB Sat., May 22 4:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Harrison School for the Arts Wed., May 26 3:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Kathleen Senior High Sat., May 22 12:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Lake Gibson Senior High Tues., May 25 12:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Lake Region High Sat., May 22 9:00 AM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Lakeland Senior High Wed., May 26 7:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Mulberry Senior High Mon., May 24 12:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Polk Virtual & Polk Grad Academy Thurs., May 27 2:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Ridge Community High Tues., May 25 7:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Ridge Technical College Tues., May 25 6:00 PM Lake Eva Center, Haines City Not Available
Roosevelt Academy Wed., May 26 6:00 PM Roosevelt Auditorium View Livestream
Tenoroc High Wed., May 26 12:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream
Traviss Technical College Wed., May 26 5:30 PM Veteran’s Stadium, George Jenkins High Not Available
Winter Haven Senior Mon., May 24 7:00 PM RP Funding Center View Livestream

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