2021 Graduation Dates

Frederick County Public Schools is planning in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 that will take place outdoors at home stadiums.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be observed for the ceremony. Seating will be physically distanced with hand sanitizing stations available throughout the stadiums. All graduates will be permitted to invite four guests. Due to the limited number of guests, each graduation will be livestreamed so that friends, family and community can view the ceremony in real time. The recordings will also be available on the individual school’s and FCPS YouTube channels. Links to each livestream will be provided prior to the event.

Most ceremonies have been scheduled for the morning in the hopes of avoiding high afternoon temperatures and inclement weather. Plans for inclement weather are under development and will be shared at a later date.

The full graduation schedule is posted below. For livestraming during the event, click on the school's name to view their YouTube channel.

School Date Time Location
SUCCESS Program Tuesday, May 18 1 PM The Arboretum at the ESSL
Rock Creek School Wednesday, May 19 5 PM Rock Creek School
Frederick High Tuesday, June 1 10 AM Home Stadium
Gov Thomas Johnson High Tuesday, June 1 10 AM Home Stadium
Heather Ridge Tuesday, June 1 6 PM Home School
Brunswick High Wednesday, June 2 10 AM Home Stadium
Linganore High Wednesday, June 2 10 AM Home Stadium
Middletown High Wednesday, June 2 10 AM Home Stadium
Catoctin High Thursday, June 3 10 AM Home Stadium
Walkersville High Thursday, June 3 10 AM Home Stadium
Urbana High Thursday, June 3 10 AM Home Stadium
Oakdale High Friday, June 4 10 AM Home Stadium
Tuscarora High Friday, June 4 10 AM Home Stadium

Graduation guests

All graduates will be provided four graduation tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony in person. All guests are encouraged to wear facial coverings. Guest seating will have limited distancing from other guests. Gates will open at 9 a.m. for guest seating. 

Guests are encouraged to carpool due to the limited parking at each school. 

Graduation Livestream

All of the graduation ceremonies will be live streamed via YouTube on both the school and FCPS channels for the friends, family and the community members unable to attend in person. Each school will share the specific links for their ceremonies with their communities in a FindOutFirst next week.

All guests will be asked to place their cell phone and/or electronic devices in “Airplane” mode to maintain the highest quality signal for the livestream broadcasts.

Inclement Weather Plan 

Commencement ceremonies will be held rain or shine. 

In the event of severe inclement weather, every attempt will be made to reschedule later on the same day. If the ceremony cannot be held on the same day, FCPS will plan to hold the ceremony the next day. Specifics regarding any change will be shared as soon as possible via FCPS Find Out First and social media.  

Limited Public Access to Stadiums 

In order to prepare school sites for the ceremonies, all FCPS stadiums will be closed for public access and community use from May 27-June 5.

Heather Ridge School

Heather Ridge School is hosting a commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. June 1 at the school. Due to the ability to accommodate all guests, this ceremony will not be livestreamed.