CCPS has the approval of Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna Abney to host in-person graduation ceremonies at Regency Furniture Stadium. However, Dr. Abney has the authority to revoke her approval for CCPS to hold large gatherings based on COVID-19 related health conditions.

LIVE from Charles County
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is filming and streaming graduations live on the front page of its website at using the YouTube links listed in the right column of this webpage. A video of each ceremony is available in MP4 format on the CCPS TV website under Special Programs and is free to download.

Tickets and Parking
As of May 20, students will receive five guest tickets to graduation, along with two parking passes. All guests, including babies, must have a ticket to be admitted to graduation. One parking pass is for a space at the stadium, the other is for a spot at neighboring St. Charles High School. Guests are not permitted to park along the street or on the access road between the stadium and the school.

Mask requirements
This being a school-sponsored event, guests must wear face masks when entering the stadium. Those who arrive without a mask will be given one at the gate. Once guests arrive at their seats, they may remove their masks or keep them on — depending on their comfort level. Social distancing is encouraged between groups of guests.

Graduates are asked to wear their masks during the processional until they reach their seat. While seated, they can remove their mask and do not have to wear it when walking to the stage to receive their diploma and have their picture taken.

Graduate dress requirements
Graduates are required to dress in business casual attire, which includes slacks and a button-down dress shirt, and/or a dress or skirt. Because of field conditions, which may result in uneven or soft ground, graduates are required to wear casual/flat shoes only. Any type of heel can be harmful to the stadium ground covering and will not be permitted.

Graduate cap decoration
Last year’s graduates were permitted to decorate their caps, and CCPS — at the request of the Class of 2021 — will carry on this new tradition. All decorated caps must be school-appropriate and staff will check caps prior to graduates marching onto the field. Schools will provide blank replacement caps if necessary.

Graduate arrival and stadium access 
Graduates should arrive at 7:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. graduation ceremony and at 11:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. ceremony.  All graduates should be dropped off at the front entrance of St. Charles High School via Piney Church Road. Entrance to St. Charles via St. Linus Road is not permitted. Once families drop off their graduate, Charles County Sheriff’s officers will direct drivers to a parking lot — either at the school or at the stadium. Stadium doors will open for guest one hour before the ceremony. 

Weather Announcement
Due to the ceremonies being held outdoors, CCPS staff will monitor the weather closely for possible inclement conditions. If bad weather causes a graduation to be postponed, graduates and their families will be informed approximately three hours before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. For the 9 a.m. graduation, if staff determines weather conditions require the cancellation of the ceremony, the school system’s Communications Department will alert parents via telephone call around 6:30 a.m., as well as through an email to the address on file with their child’s school. Parents of graduates should check their contact information on file with CCPS to ensure they receive this information.

Staff will monitor the weather throughout the day. If applicable, the decision to cancel the 1 p.m. graduation due to inclement conditions will be made by 10 a.m., three hours before the ceremony’s scheduled start. Any postposed ceremony will take place June 9 at the graduate’s school. Principals will provide more information and appointment times for graduates to report to the school, as necessary.

High School closures because of graduation
Schools will be closed on the day in which its senior class graduates. Students in Grades 9-11 will not have live or virtual instruction on the day when their school is closed.

  • St. Charles High School is closed on May 28.
  • Westlake and Henry E. Lackey high schools are closed on June 1.
  • Thomas Stone and La Plata high schools are closed on June 2.
  • Maurice J. McDonough and North Point high schools are closed on June 3.

Seating is first-come, first served. However, there are reserved seats for those needing an interpreter or with disabilities. CCPS provides American Sign Language interpreting at all graduations. Please contact your child’s school to make arrangements for this special seating.

Certain item not allowed
Food and drinks (including water), strollers, balloons, air horns, beach balls and other distracting items are not permitted in the stadium.

The school system has arranged for professional photographs to be taken of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover. Lifetouch, the official photographer for the high school yearbooks and class photos, will post photos online at  one week after the ceremony. Graduates also receive a complimentary proof in the mail. Candid photos taken by CCPS Communications staff are available to view and download at Zenfolio (guests may have to create a free account to view the galleries).  Click here to view the galleries for each high school.  

Cell phone etiquette
Please turn off or silence your cell phones before entering the stadium. Our graduates deserve your undivided attention during this momentous ceremony.

Silent roll call
Students and school administrators expect a Silent Roll Call as graduates receive their diplomas. A Silent Roll Call honors all students and allows for each graduate’s name to be heard clearly and without the distraction of noise while names are being announced.

After the ceremony
At the close of the ceremony, guests should remain at their seats until the graduates and faculty have recessed. Parents should meet graduates in the stadium parking lot following graduation. All graduates and guests must exit 30 minutes after commencement allowing families arriving for the next ceremony to enter. 



Graduation Schedule & YouTube Links*

May 28:    St. Charles  9 a.m. 

June 1:     Westlake 9 a.m. 

Lackey 1 p.m.

June 2:    Thomas Stone 9 a.m.

La Plata 1 p.m.

June 3:    McDonough 9 a.m.

North Point 1 p.m.

*Click on the school name for the YouTube link.

2021 Graduation Broadcast Schedule
CCPS Comcast 96 and Verizon Fios 12
Airs at 7 p.m until the start of 2021-22 school year.

 St. Charles Monday
 Westlake Tuesday
 Henry E. Lackey Wednesday
 Thomas Stone  Thursday
 La Plata Friday
 Maurice J. McDonough Saturday
 North Point Sunday