LIVE FROM CHARLES COUNTY
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is filming and streaming graduations live on the front page of its website at www.ccboe.com. During commencement, the ceremony will air live and the video will be available on YouTube following the ceremony.  Videos of each ceremony are now available in MP4 format on the CCPS TV website under Special Programs and are free to download.

PARKING LOTS AND DOORS
The Convocation Center parking lots and doors open two hours before each graduation. Police will direct anyone arriving prior to the opening of parking lots to the overflow lots, which are further away from the school. Staff will close the doors to the Convocation Center 15 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony and guests arriving after the doors close are not guaranteed access to the Convocation Center and may be directed to auxiliary seating areas. No guests will be seated during the processional.
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SEATING

Seating is first-come, first-served. However, there are reserved seats for those needing an interpreter or with disabilities. CCPS provides American Sign Language interpreting at all graduations. Please contact your child’s school to make arrangements for this special seating.

TICKETS
All guests, including babies, must have a ticket to be admitted to graduation.

CERTAIN ITEMS NOT ALLOWED
Food and drinks (including water), strollers, balloons, air horns, beach balls and other distracting items are not permitted in the Convocation Center.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO
The school system has arranged for professional photographs to be taken of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover. Lifetouch, the official photographer for the high school yearbooks and class photos, will post photos online at events.lifetouch.com  one week after the ceremony. Graduates also receive a complimentary proof in the mail. A local media company, dbF, is videotaping each graduation and will have DVDs for sale at each ceremony.

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE
Please turn off or silence your cell phones before entering the Convocation Center. Our graduates deserve your undivided attention during this momentous ceremony.

SILENT ROLL CALL
Students and school administrators expect a Silent Roll Call as graduates receive their diplomas. A Silent Roll Call honors all students and allows for each graduate’s name to be heard clearly and without the distraction of noise while names are being announced.

AFTER THE CEREMONY
At the close of the ceremony, guests should remain at their seats until the graduates and faculty have recessed. Parents should meet graduates in the stadium following graduation. All graduates and guests must exit 30 minutes after commencement allowing families arriving for the next ceremony to enter.