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Graduation 2020

The Frederick County Government’s high-definition channel 1085 and standard-definition Channel 19 will broadcast graduation videos with closed captioning. See the full virtual graduation and Weinberg Center marquee schedules here.

Dear Seniors,

Seniors 2020 bannerWhen the pandemic crisis began to impact our school system, I watched our staff and students demonstrate incredible resilience in the face of unprecedented change. Our entire community pulled together to support one another during this crisis. It filled me with so much pride, yet my heart still ached for the Class of 2020 because I knew how many special senior moments you were missing.

One of those special moments is graduation. In the middle of a pandemic crisis, every decision must be made with public health and safety as the priority. As a superintendent, this has made it easy to know the right decision. At least, that was the case until it was time for a decision about graduation. Then, I wanted nothing more than to give the Class of 2020 a normal graduation ceremony; but right now, that is just not possible due to the Executive Orders in place to protect the citizens in our state.

We explored so many options and possibilities. Community members shared innovative ideas and made generous offers to help create a special graduation ceremony for you. The ideas ranged from a “drive-in” ceremony to an open-air ceremony in the football stadium. All of the creative ideas still violated the requirement for limited social gatherings. That left us with one option—a virtual graduation ceremony.

Schools have started taping speeches and performances to create a memorable virtual ceremony that will honor the Class of 2020. We are also developing plans to allow each graduate to take a Cap and Gown photo to be included in the virtual ceremony and to share with family and friends. Each school will send information to seniors with the specific details regarding the distribution of caps and gowns and schedules for the student photo session with limited family participation. Our plan is to stream the virtual ceremonies during the second week in June. Stay tuned for more details.

The special virtual graduation ceremony will not be the final opportunity for the Class of 2020. We have heard the voices of our seniors who want the chance to say good-bye to their teachers, staff at their school, and their friends. Each high school will gather feedback from you to plan and coordinate a special in-person celebration for the Class of 2020. Since we cannot predict exactly when the Governor’s Executive Orders will allow for social gatherings of more than 200, we cannot set a date for this special event. We want to give you a face-to-face farewell from FCPS as soon as safely possible.

I have been impressed by the many seniors who have shown great courage and kept a positive attitude throughout this time. I look forward to celebrating with you during your virtual graduation ceremony! And I look forward to seeing you at that future “live” event.

With much love and pride,

Dr. Terry Alban
Superintendent
Frederick County Public Schools

FCPS Graduation 2020 Schedule

Frederick County Virtual School (FCVS) Graduation, Summer 2020

FCVS Graduation 2020 will broadcast on FCPS TV and Cable Channel 18 Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10 AM; and re-broadcast on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10 AM.

Frederick County Virtual School (FCVS) Graduation Video

Week of June 8 - 12

Use the links in the table below to view that school's 2020 Virtual Graduation.

Time MOnday
June 8
Tuesday
June 9
Wednesday
June 10
Thursday
June 11
Friday
June 12
10 AM Frederick HS Brunswick HS Catoctin HS Tuscarora HS Oakdale HS
1 PM         Rock Creek
1:30 PM     Walkersville HS    
2 PM   Middletown HS   Urbana HS  
3 PM         SUCCESS
7 PM   Linganore HS   Gov. Thomas Johnson HS  

Rebroadcast: Week of June 15 - 19

Time MOnday
June 15
Tuesday
June 16
Wednesday
June 17
Thursday
June 18
Friday
June 19
10 AM Frederick HS Brunswick HS Catoctin HS Tuscarora HS Oakdale HS
1 PM         Rock Creek
1:30 PM     Walkersville HS    
2 PM   Middletown HS   Urbana HS  
3 PM         SUCCESS
7 PM   Linganore HS   Gov. Thomas Johnson HS  

The Frederick County Government’s high-definition channel 1085 and standard-definition Channel 19 will broadcast graduation videos following the schedule located here.

Seniors, What Do You Meme?

Frederick County Public Schools is proud to announce the winners of the Seniors, What Do You Meme? contest. 

In this Twitter initiative, designed to engage the Class of 2020, seniors were invited to describe their post-graduation plans in a meme. A panel of FCPS students and staff selected the top 10 memes, which FCPS then posted to Twitter for community voting from May 18-26. The number of Twitter likes determined the winners.

Special thanks to our FCPS partners who provided amazing prizes for our winners: Rotary Clubs of Frederick, VCRE.Co, and the PTA Council of Frederick Maryland.

1. Chad McKee
Urbana High School

2. Jackson Scheidhauer
Urbana High School

3. Samuel Gonzales
Frederick High School

4. James Sahli
Oakdale High School

5. Caleb Brockett
Tuscarora High School

6. Drew Zachary Cooper
Oakdale High School

7. Ben Clark
Urbana High School

8. Jevaun-Dean Linton
Gov. Thomas Johnson High School

9. David Rapp
Middletown High School

10. Clair Sanford
Urbana High School