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NEW Class of 2020 Graduation Update with NEW information for seniors


Charleston County School District (CCSD) and high school principals are planning a two-step process to recognize 2020 graduates amid the health concerns related to COVID-19. The first will be on Monday, June 8 when each CCSD high school has scheduled a virtual pre-recorded graduation celebration via the internet. Each high school will have a virtual ceremony featuring each individual student's photographs, commencement speeches and remarks, and other recognitions unique to the school. The virtual ceremonies will be available on Facebook and YouTube beginning on June 8 at 7:00 p.m., accessible from each high school’s website. 

The second celebration will come sometime after June 8 as plans are being made to hold a live diploma-awarding ceremony for each high school as soon as it is safe to hold large group gatherings. That event will provide students the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Dates and details are not finalized, but they will likely use outdoor venues observing the social distancing guidelines in place on that date with expectations to safely include a limited number of guests for each graduate.

“We want to assure our seniors and their parents that appropriately recognizing our graduates is a top priority, as is the health and safety of all those who will be impacted by our decisions regarding graduation ceremonies,” said Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait.  “We are working tirelessly on ways to hold graduation events that will be special, memorable, and safe.”

Following the June 8 virtual graduations, decisions will be finalized about holding live outdoor ceremonies for each school. As soon as those are final, high schools will contact graduates and parents with specifics.

Virtual Graduation Program
On Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7 PM Academic Magnet High School will have a virtual, pre-recorded graduation celebration via Youtube and Facebook. This celebration will feature commencement speeches and remarks, each individual student's photographs, and other recognitions unique to our school. We will provide viewing details once finalized by CCSD.
Live Diploma-Awarding Ceremony 
Academic Magnet High School will have a ceremony that provides students the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their diploma as soon as it is safe. Senior student leaders and the administration are meeting this week to discuss details for this ceremony. We will make an announcement after May 26th with a date, time, and all pertinent information.
Wednesday, May 20th Driveby Pick Up
We are preparing to see all seniors next week to pick up supplies for graduation, cords, and a small surprise. Following CCSD directives, we will NOT be collecting books, uniforms or equipment on this day. This is a change from previous emails. RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY MAY 21 FROM 10:00-12 NOON DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER FOR THOSE WHO WERE SCHEDULED IN THE AFTERNOON!
  • Please come at your assigned pick up time to alleviate long lines, waiting, and any problems a large crowd could potentially cause.  If you need to choose another time to attend, please use this form.
  • You may NOT get out of your vehicle. This is a driveby event only.
  • You may NOT congregate on sidewalks outside of the school.  
  • No drop off today, only pick up.
  • Pick up times are 10-12 for last names A-G; 12-2 for last names H-M, 2-4 for last names N-Z.
Plans for After Graduation
Please  respond to the form below about your choice of college and/or other plans for after graduation. We will include your plans in the Graduation Program (paper/digital version) as we do each year.
Community Service Updates
I have received many community service forms and emails. I will respond to those emails, post hours, and make updates this weekend. I will be in touch with any senior who may have an issue.
Census 2020
Has your household filled out the 2020 Census? South Carolina has one of the lowest return rates and this directly impacts school and community funding.

Visit and fill out the short questionnaire--it takes less than 10 minutes.  

Please get in touch with questions and/or concerns via email, text or call.
Gwen Hooffstetter
Senior Class Sponsor
843-813-4918 Cell #