2020 Graduation Ceremonies Will be Held at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland

Polk County Public Schools will conduct its 2020 graduation ceremonies at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

“I’m absolutely thrilled we’re able to give this opportunity to our seniors and their families,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd.

“Like every senior class, the Class of 2020 has looked forward to graduation day for many years. By conducting the ceremonies at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, we will be able to give them the ceremony they deserve and have always wanted, while still abiding by social-distancing and health guidelines. We are so thankful to our partners at the City of Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers for helping to make this happen. I can’t wait to see the Class of 2020 on the field!”

All traditional high schools as well as Gause Academy, Fresh Start, East Area Adult, Polk Grad Academy, Polk Virtual School, Roosevelt Academy, Ridge Technical College, Traviss Technical College and West Area Adult will have their graduation ceremonies at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Each graduate will have his or her name called. Graduates will cross the field to home plate to have their photo taken with their principal (social distancing will be required in photos) and each graduate will appear on the stadium’s jumbotron.

Ceremonies will be livestreamed on the school district’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/polkcountypublicschools.

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Important Graduation Procedures

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.

Graduation ceremonies will be livestreamed on on the PCPS YouTube Channel. Students who do not consent to this activity should not attend.

2020 Polk County Graduation Ticket Disclaimer

This ticket is a revocable license, and the Holder, on behalf of the Holder and any accompanying minor (individually or collectively, the “Holder”), agrees to all its terms.  By using this ticket and entering the Stadium (Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium), the Holder agrees to be bound by all the terms of this license.

The Holder agrees not to transmit, distribute or sell ticket(s).

The Holder grants permission to Polk County Public Schools, the City of Lakeland, and the Detroit Tigers, Inc. (and its affiliated entities, designees and agents) to utilize the Holder’s image, likeness, actions and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, film, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the Event in any medium, whether now known or hereafter created, or context, for any purpose, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.

THE HOLDER OF THIS TICKET VOLUNTARILY ASSUMES ALL RISK AND DANGER of personal injury (including death) and all hazards arising from, or related in any way to, the Event, including COVID-19, Coronavirus, or any other contagious disease, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the Event, in or around the Event, in or around the Stadium, however caused and whether by negligence or otherwise. Holder agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Polk County Public Schools, the City of Lakeland, and the Detroit Tigers, Inc. (and its affiliated entities, designees and agents)  from every claim arising from, or related in any way, to the Event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the Event, in or around the Event, in or around the Stadium, however caused and whether by negligence or otherwise.

Enhanced health and safety measures have been taken for students, their guests, school administrations, City of Lakeland employees and stadium staff. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Stadium.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.  The Holder will be asked to submit to a temperature screening upon entry into the Stadium.  If the Holder displays a temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit and above, the Holder will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance.  If the Holder’s temperature measures 100.4° Fahrenheit or above during the second screening, the Holder will be denied entry.

By entering the Stadium, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  The Holder agrees that the Polk County School Board, the City of Lakeland, and the Detroit Tigers, Inc. (and their affiliated entities, designees and agents) are not liable for injuries resulting from such causes.

The Holder and the Holder’s belongings will be searched upon entry into the Stadium, and prohibited items may be confiscated.  By tendering this ticket, the Holder consents to such searches and waives any related claims that might arise.  If the Holder elects not to consent to these searches, the Holder will be denied entry into the Stadium.  Only bags 6” X 6” and smaller will be permitted into the Stadium.

The following items are NOT permitted inside Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium: Pets (except service animals), Folding Chairs, Coolers, Glass Bottles, Cans, and Weapons of any kind.  For a complete list of permitted and non-permitted items, please visit www.tigers.com/spring.

No Re-Entry. All Event dates and times are subject to change.  The Holder acknowledges that the Event may be canceled or rescheduled.  Lost, stolen, or counterfeit tickets will not be honored.  No lost, stolen, or counterfeit tickets will be replaced.

This is not a mandatory event.  Please remain home if not feeling well. Graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the PCPS YouTube Channel.

Health and Safety Precautions

PCPS, City of Lakeland and Detroit Tigers will take the following health precautions to ensure the safety of graduates, their guests and school district staff:

  • The Florida Department of Health is being consulted during the planning of graduation ceremonies.
  • The stadium, including seats, will be disinfected daily.
  • Temperatures will be checked as individuals enter the stadium. Anyone running a fever, including graduates, will not be allowed to attend or participate.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask, including graduates.
  • Graduates will receive four guest tickets. Guest tickets include an assigned seat number inside the stadium. Limiting the number of guests and assigning groups of four to seats at least six feet apart from other groups of four will ensure social distancing.
  • Graduates will stand six feet apart 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.
  • Metal detectors will be used as graduates and guests arrive. Law enforcement and PCPS school safety guardians will be on site to ensure safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, everyone in attendance will be required to wear a face covering. Each graduate will be allowed to remove their mask to take a photo at home plate.

How will graduates receive their regalia and instructions for the ceremony?

These will be distributed on a drive-through basis at each school. Schools will communicate this information to graduates. There will not be any graduation rehearsals.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

All graduates and guests should wear flat shoes. Guests will be climbing stairs in the stadium, and graduates will be standing on a grass field. Flat shoes are the most appropriate choice.

How will graduates be celebrated?

Each graduate will have his or her name called. Graduates will cross the field to home plate to have their photo taken with their principal (social distancing will be required in photos). Each graduate will appear on the stadium’s jumbotron.

Will valedictorians and salutatorians still give speeches?

Yes, but to keep the ceremonies as brief as possible, speeches will be limited to no more than three minutes each. If more than one school graduates in a single ceremony, speeches will be limited to 1.5 minutes. No other speeches will be given to limit the length of the ceremonies.

Will ceremonies be livestreamed?

Yes. They will be livestreamed on the school district’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/polkcountypublicschools.

Will concession stands be open?

No.

2020 Graduation Schedule

School: Date: Time: Livestream Link:
Auburndale Senior High Monday, June 15 4:00 PM View Stream
Bartow/IB/Summerlin Friday, June 12 4:00 PM View Stream
East Area/West Area Adult Schools Monday, June 15 6:00 PM View Stream
Fort Meade Middle-Senior Monday, June 8 4:00 PM View Stream
Fresh Start – Lakeland/Winter Haven Monday, June 22 6:00 PM View Stream
Frostproof Middle-Senior Monday, June 8 6:00 PM View Stream
Gause Academy/Roosevelt Academy Monday, June 22 4:00 PM View Stream
George W. Jenkins Senior High Wednesday, June 10 4:00 PM View Stream
Haines City Senior High/IB Thursday, June 18 4:00 PM View Stream
Harrison School for the Arts Thursday, June 11 6:00 PM View Stream
Kathleen Senior High Tuesday, June 9 4:00 PM View Stream
Lake Gibson Senior High Saturday, June 6 8:30 AM View Stream
Lake Region High Wednesday, June 17 4:00 PM View Stream
Lakeland Senior High Thursday, June 11 4:00 PM View Stream
Mulberry Senior High Saturday, June 20 4:00 PM View Stream
Polk GRAD Academy/Polk Virtual School Monday, June 8 8:00 PM View Stream
Ridge Community High Saturday, June 13 4:00 PM View Stream
Ridge/Traviss Technical Colleges Monday, June 22 8:00 PM View Stream
Roosevelt Academy/Gause Academy Monday, June 22 4:00 PM View Stream
Tenoroc High Tuesday, June 16 4:00 PM View Stream
Winter Haven Senior High Friday, June 19 4:00 PM View Stream