Frequently Asked Questions About the Class of 2020 Graduation Procedures
Q: Why can’t we have an in-person graduation ceremony?
A: Please know that driving our decision to hold virtual-only graduation ceremonies during this global pandemic was doing everything we possibly can to keep our students, their families, our staff, and our community safe from COVID-19. As your Superintendent, ensuring that CCS did not put any of you in harm’s way with an in-person graduation ceremony has been top of mind for me since the very beginning of our school buildings being closed. A virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 does that.
Q: How do I know what day to come and pick up my gown?
A: Seniors will pick up their caps and gowns from their respective high schools on a staggered schedule developed by each building principal. Pick-up times will be scheduled by the students’ last name.
Q: My day to pick up my cap and gown won’t work, how do I change it?
A: You will need to immediately email your building principal.
Q: My family doesn't have a car. Where do we wait for cap and gown pick-up?
A: Families without a vehicle will be directed to a designated area for cap and gown pick-up.
Q: Do we have to wear a mask?
A: Due to state health guidelines on social distancing, face masks or face coverings are strongly encouraged.
Q: Will the gowns be in the school colors?
Q: Can I pay any outstanding fines by check, credit card, or cash?
A: There are three options for paying student fees or past due fines. Please reach out to your school administrator to find out what, if any, fees/fines are owed.
1. Credit card or eCheck payments can be made on Infinite Campus through student or parent portal.
2. Cash, check, money order or credit card payments can be made at Central Enrollment, 430 Cleveland Ave., 43215 during the following times:
- Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3. Families can also mail a check or money order to Columbus Education Center (Student Fees/Fines), 270 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. Payment must include the student name, ID number, school, fine to be paid, and the amount.
Q: When will I be able to retrieve my personal belongings from my locker?
A: Your principal will communicate the specific dates and times for students to pick up their supplies from the school. This process will run Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29.
Q: My Chromebook, instrument, etc. was stolen or lost. What do I do?
A: Families are responsible for missing electronic devices, instruments, etc.
Q: Do I need to have all school items turned in before graduation?
Q: How do I receive my diploma?
A: Students will need to pick-up their diploma at a later date and time to be determined by your building principal.
Q: How do I find out the schedule for graduation?
A: The Class of 2020 streaming schedule is posted on the District website at ccsoh.us/classof2020.
Q: When is Summer Graduation, and will it be virtual too?
A: Summer Graduation is August 15, 2020, and will be a virtual-only ceremony as well. The ceremony will be streamed live at 6:30 p.m.