Charles County Public Schools hosted graduation ceremonies last month for six of the seven public high schools in the Convocation Center at North Point High School. Ceremonies for La Plata, Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools were held May 29, and seniors from North Point, Maurice J. McDonough and Henry E. Lackey high schools graduated May 30. In 2016, the school system will plan seven high school graduation ceremonies as St. Charles High School will promote its first senior class. Dates will be planned later this year.
Charles County Public Schools staff gave a report about graduation 2015 to the Board of Education at their June 9 meeting, and included data about scholarships, graduate totals, guests in attendance and live streaming view totals.
A total of 2,174 students received their diplomas on May 29-30. Lackey promoted 292 graduates, who received more than $7 million in scholarship offers. A total of 383 students graduated from La Plata and received more than $12 million in scholarship offers. McDonough graduates totaled 335 and their Class of 2015 earned nearly $9 million in scholarships.
The graduating class from North Point included 503 seniors and the school reported more than $18 million in scholarship offers. Thomas Stone graduates totaled 307 and students received more than $5.8 million in scholarship offers. Westlake’s Class of 2015 included 354 students and scholarship totals topped $10 million. The CCPS Class of 2015 earned a combined total of more than $62 million in scholarships, an increase of nearly $7 million from last year.
More than 18,000 people attended the ceremonies held at the Convocation Center. Throughout the weekend, a total of 22,067 people attended the ceremonies and assisted with graduations, including graduates, guests, Charles County Public Schools staff and vendors.
This was the first year Charles County Public Schools streamed its high school graduation ceremonies live on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. More than 3,800 viewers watched the ceremonies live on the website. Another 17,000 viewers have accessed the ceremony videos online, which are available on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/graduation/. A photo gallery of images taken during the graduations is also posted at http://www.ccboe.com/graduation2015.php.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.