Family Newsletter – Graduation 2021 Special Edition
Class of 2021 Graduation Plans Get Bigger and Better!
Cue the “Pomp and Circumstance” and hand grandma a tissue for her tears of joy! The Class of 2021 will celebrate their high school graduation in front of proud family members and friends this June. With eased restrictions on venue capacities, the celebration will be even bigger than initially planned. The formal ceremonies on June 18 and 19 will cap off senior celebrations, including what has quickly become a new tradition – the senior car procession down Duke of Gloucester Street.
Duke of Gloucester Street Parade
Graduation Ceremonies at Wanner Stadium
(4900 Stadium Road, Williamsburg, VA)
Tuesday, June 15 @ 5:30 PM
Friday, June 18 @ 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:30 PM
Friday, June 18 @ 9 a.m.
Thursday, June 17 @ 5:30 PM
Saturday, June 19 @ 9 a.m.
Outdoors and Out of the Box: What Families Need to Know About Graduation 2021
We asked senior class leaders what is most important to their classmates for graduation, and the answer was clear: they want to be together. To host the entire Class of 2021 and family members and friends, WJCC Schools is moving the ceremony outside to Wanner Stadium June 18-19. Students should plan to arrive at the stadium one hour before the ceremony. Following check-in, they will line up in their caps and gowns for a formal procession down the field, where they will be seated for the ceremony. Families on both sides of the stadium will have an excellent view of the stage located in the end zone. Ceremonies will include student speeches, recorded musical performances, and the awarding of diplomas as each student is called by name to walk across the stage. Professional photos taken of each graduate will be available for purchase. We will post candid pictures on the school division’s Facebook page.
The Hottest Ticket in Town
Each graduate will receive five (5) guest tickets. This allows for the greatest number of attendees while also ensuring the school complies with Virginia COVID guidelines. At this time, masks are still required at large events, even those taking place outdoors. All guests, ages two (2) and up, must have a ticket. Each group of family and friends will be seated as a “pod” in the stadium. Guests in each pod must stay together and remain distanced from other groups. Only guests with a ticket are allowed in the parking lot and stadium. School staff will direct traffic and parking on graduation day. There will be one entrance and, following the ceremony, school staff will direct families to the available exits. WJCC Schools will live stream each graduation ceremony on the school division website, wjccschools.org, for additional loved ones and relatives to watch live.
Rain Won’t Dampen the Celebration
In case of rain, schools will host a modified ceremony at each school on the scheduled graduation day. Graduates and their five guests will make their way through the school in groups of 20-25 graduates at a time to watch videotaped speeches, process through the hallway, and receive their diploma on stage. Professional photos will be taken and available for purchase.
Class of 2021 Graduation – Inclement Weather Plan (Ceremonies held at the school)
Friday, June 18 @ 4 p.m.
Friday, June 18 @ 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 19 @ 11 a.m.
DoG Street Parade: Begin Your Future with a Drive Through the Past
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the larger community will come together to cheer on the Class of 2021 as they drive through the past to begin their future. Seniors are invited to decorate their cars for a special procession down Duke of Gloucester Street. The parade will stream live on the WJCC Schools Facebook page June 15-17 at 5:30 p.m. The following guidelines will be in place:
Students should plan to arrive at the staging area at Matthew Whaley Elementary School 30 minutes before the procession.
Each graduate is permitted one car.
No limos, large vans, guests in truck beds, etc., will be allowed.
There is no limit on the number of people in the vehicle; however, every passenger must be wearing a seatbelt. Appropriate child safety seats or restraint devices are required for passengers ages seven and younger.
Closer to the event, each graduate will receive one guest parking pass for a nearby lot in Colonial Williamsburg. Families who wish to have dinner before or after the parade may wish to visit a location in Colonial Williamsburg or Merchants Square.
Each high school will showcase members of the Class of 2021with photos and posts on the school website and social media. Be sure to visit your school’s website to submit your senior spotlight form.