WCPS Graduation Discussion Will Continue Friday

WCPS Graduation Discussion Will Continue Friday

Local high school seniors have until Friday morning to weigh in on what their graduation ceremonies may look like this year.

Wayne County Public Schools put out the survey to seniors after some took issue with the initial plan to hold drive-in graduation ceremonies at the Berkeley Mall.

During a special meeting of the Wayne County Board of Education on Wednesday, WCPS Communications and Public Information Officer Ken Derksen said there has already been a solid response to the survey, with about 37% of seniors already voicing their opinion.

School Board Chair Chris West said all the high school principals signed off on a letter making a few recommendations regarding the commencement ceremonies.  The school principals ask:

  1. Adopt a graduation plan that adheres to the international, national, state, and local recommendations and guidelines
  2. Accounts for the safety of the community first and foremost
  3. Is uniform across all WCPS high schools
  4. Is officially approved by Board of Education action

School Board member Ven Faulk noted a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for all the high schools.

The Board of Education plans to meet again Friday to look at the survey’s results and possibly establish new plans for this year’s high school graduations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.