2020 Graduation Ceremonies

2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

Overview

We are planning virtual graduation ceremonies to honor our graduating class of 2020. While we wish we could celebrate in person together, a virtual graduation ceremony is a safe way for us to celebrate and congratulate our seniors for achieving this significant milestone. 

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions below for specific questions about the events. 

High School Virtual Graduation Ceremony Information

Links to each virtual graduation event on Facebook and YouTube will be posted below at least 24 hours before the event begins. 

Please check with your school regarding details for cap and gown pick-ups distribution of diplomas and any other planned virtual graduation activities. 

School Date & Time Facebook YouTube Comcast Broadcast
Sacramento New Technology 6/3 at 5:00pm TBD TBD 6/3 at 5:00pm on Ch16
American Legion 6/3 at 7:00PM TBD TBD 6/3 at 7:00pm on Ch16
C.K. McClatchy 6/5 at 12:00pm TBD TBD 6/5 at 12:00pm on Ch16
Rosemont 6/5 at 7:30pm TBD TBD 6/6 at 7:30pm on Ch16
George Washington Carver 6/8 at 2:30pm TBD TBD 6/8 at 3:30pm on Ch16
Health Professions 6/8 at 6:00pm TBD TBD 6/8 at 6:00pm on Ch16
West Campus 6/9 at 1:00pm TBD TBD 6/9 at 1:00pm on Ch16
Kit Carson International Academy 6/9 at 3:00pm TBD TBD 6/9 at 3:00pm on Ch16
Capital City 6/9 at 6:00pm TBD TBD 6/10 at 6:00pm on Ch16
School of Engineering and Sciences 6/9 at 7:00pm TBD TBD 6/10 at 6:00pm on Ch15
Luther Burbank 6/9 at 7:30pm TBD TBD 6/10 at 7:30pm on Ch15
The Met Sacramento 6/10 at 1:00pm TBD TBD 6/10 at 1:00pm on Ch16
John F. Kennedy 6/10 at 7:30pm TBD TBD 6/10 at 7:30pm on Ch16
Hiram Johnson 6/11 at 7:00pm TBD TBD 6/11 at 7:00pm on Ch16
Charles A. Jones 6/25 at 5:30pm TBD TBD 6/25 at 5:30pm on Ch16

Virtual Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

What will a virtual graduation ceremony look like?

Each Sac City Unified High School will have access to Jostens Virtual Commencement Center, and their graduation teams will create virtual graduations that reflect who they are. Jostens created a mock virtual ceremony video so seniors and their families can get a better idea of what the virtual graduation might look like. 

The virtual graduation ceremonies may include speakers, music, presentation of the class, diplomas, and movement of the tassel. Schools will have a three-step process: 

  • Platform: A variety of technology platforms to help realize virtual graduation goals. 
  • Program: Exclusive virtual commencement content including celebrity commencement speeches, official class song, and more. 
  • Diploma Presentation: Creative ways to present our student’s diplomas safely. 

How will we be able to view the virtual ceremony?

All graduation ceremonies will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook at the scheduled graduation time and available to watch afterwards. Links to each video will also be posted here on our website. 

Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) will be airing the virtual graduations on their Comcast Channels 15 and 16. You can also watch the channels online

Why is Sac City Unified doing virtual graduations? Why not wait until the COVID-19 stay-at-home order is lifted and do a traditional ceremony at that time?

The graduating class of 2020 deserves recognition for achieving this educational milestone and for making this transition at a seminal moment in our history. Virtual graduation ceremonies allow us to honor our graduating class of 2020 in a safe way.  

There are no indications that health restrictions will be eased to allow in-person group events of any reasonable size prior to the end of the year.

Could schools host an in-person ceremony using social distancing?

The Sacramento County Public Health Department and Sacramento County Office of Education has advised that schools refrain from in-person or non-virtual graduation events. The District is committed to ensuring the safety of our children and families, especially during this actively spreading pandemic, and will accordingly abide by this direction provided by Sacramento County Public Health. 

What about caps and gowns? Will graduates still receive a diploma?

Each school with graduating high school seniors will be communicating with families about more details of when and how to view the virtual ceremony, dates and times for cap and gown pick-ups, and distribution of diplomas. Please contact your school if you have any questions. 

How can family and friends celebrate the virtual graduations together?

Since we will be streaming the graduations on our YouTube and Facebook pages, we recommend setting up viewing parties on the date and time of your school’s scheduled event. We will post all the links to all the events at least a day prior to the start of the ceremony that you can share. Learn how to set up a Facebook watch party

What about elementary and middle school promotion ceremonies? 

Elementary and middle schools will handle their own virtual promotion ceremonies. Please contact your student’s school for more information on virtual events.

What other ways can we celebrate our high school graduates?

Please check with your graduate’s school. Each school may be scheduling their own online events for their graduates.

We would also love you to share photos and videos of your graduates using the hashtag #SCUSDGrad2020. 

Is Sac City Unified the only district doing virtual graduation ceremonies?

A: No, most local districts including Elk Grove Unified, Natomas Unified, San Juan Unified, Twin Rivers Unified and Roseville Joint High School District are all creating virtual ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings. Sacramento State and other colleges are also using a virtual platform for 2020 graduations.

What resources are available for students having a hard time processing this change or any of the changes made under stay-at-home guidance?

We understand all of there are a lot of concerns and questions during these difficult times. It’s important to know that it is normal to feel anxiety and know that everyone will react in their own way. If it’s more than you can handle, please reach out for help.

If you need a listening ear or support with resources – please reach out to the district-wide Connect Center or your school-site’s Student Support Center for support.

Our Virtual Calming Room is a place for students and families to find healing tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. We also have resources on our Student Mental Wellness page.