Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
P: (803) 548-2527 | F: (803) 547-4696
Transportation: (803) 802-1998

2020 Graduation Update
2020 Graduation Update
Posted on 05/01/2020
Statue with FlagThe district has been working hard to determine how best to honor our graduates while maintaining social distancing protocols to help ensure the safety and health of our community. We have evaluated all options and studied what other communities are planning. One of the key challenges we face is the size of our graduating class. Each school has a graduating class of over 500 students, which poses an issue with the size of the crowd in attendance versus the space we have available to maintain social distancing guidelines. Under the current circumstances, we believe the plan below offers the best solution to provide our students with the honor and celebration they have earned and ensure the safety of the community. While this will not be a traditional graduation ceremony, the activities listed below provide our families with a chance to celebrate with their graduate and an opportunity for the entire class to come together for a ceremony, while still maintaining proper social distancing.

Family Celebration Prior to Graduation
Graduates (in cap and gown) along with up to four members of their family, will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken on campus to celebrate the occasion. The photos will be taken by a professional photographer and the digital files will be provided to parents free of charge. This event will allow families to honor their graduate in person with a unique photo to mark the occasion. Each high school will be communicating the details of the process and schedule for participating. 

Graduate Only Ceremonies 
Fort Mill High School High School June 4 at 11 a.m.
Nation Ford High School June 5 at 11 a.m.
(Possible Rain Day June 6 at 11 a.m.)

There is no replacement for the pomp and circumstance that accompanies graduation ceremonies. This time is special for each student and creates a lasting memory. To honor this special occasion our district has decided to hold ceremonies for the Class of 2020 in our football stadiums. Due to social distancing constraints, these ceremonies will be attended by the graduates only and streamed live on the internet for families to attend virtually. Students will be seated on the field in the stadium at a proper distance to maintain social distancing protocols. The ceremonies will include the traditional student speeches, conferring of diplomas and the turning of the tassel ceremony. Following the ceremony, students will be dismissed to celebrate with their families off site. Each high school will be communicating details regarding the protocols for the ceremonies.

More details regarding the celebrations and live streaming will be announced once they are finalized but we hope this announcement will ease some of the stress and uncertainty our families have faced. We understand this is not the traditional way graduates, families and staff have celebrated this special event, however, we believe this plan keeps with the spirit of the traditional ceremonies and offers our graduates and families an opportunity to create a positive memory during this unprecedented time.