WESTOVER, MD, May 15, 2020 – Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce that both of the district’s high schools will hold modified graduation ceremonies for graduating seniors over the course of four days at the end of May, 2020. Washington High School & Academy in Princess Anne will allow graduates to walk across a stage erected outside of the building and receive their diplomas on May 26th and 27th. Crisfield High School & Academy will hold their ceremony over May 28th and 29th in the school auditorium. Attendance at both ceremonies is limited to graduating seniors and their close family members by appointment time only to comply with the Governor’s ban on gatherings over 10 people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Appropriate social distancing measures, along with the use of masks and gloves will be strictly enforced to protect the health and safety of students, families and staff at both events. A detailed outline of event logistics and appointment times were distributed to parents and seniors this week from both high schools.
To pay tribute to the Somerset’s graduating seniors, both schools are encouraging residents and businesses in the Town of Princess Anne and the City of Crisfield to decorate their houses and storefronts in the local high school’s colors during Memorial Day Week, May 24th – 30th.
Dr. John Gaddis, Superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools shared, “Although it will not produce the large crowds we are used to seeing at graduations in the past, we are proud to still give seniors and their families the experience of walking the stage to receive their diplomas in the safest way possible. I congratulate each graduating senior for their perseverance in finishing out the school year in these challenging circumstances and wish you all the best in your future plans.”