In-Person High School Graduation Ceremonies Move to Hertz Arena

In-Person High School Graduation Ceremonies Move to Hertz Arena
Posted on 06/29/2020
In-Person High School Graduation Ceremonies  Move to Hertz Arena

The Class of 2020 will pick up their diploma’s in person at Hertz Arena on the weekends of July 17-19 and July 24-26. Holding graduation in one venue over two weekends will save the District almost $40,000 from the original plan to use two arenas.

The new graduation schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 17

Ida S. Baker High School – 10:00 a.m.
North Fort Myers High School – 2:30 p.m.
Lehigh Senior High School – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

Estero High School – 10:00 a.m.
Riverdale High School – 2:30 p.m.
Fort Myers High School – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 19

East Lee County High School – 2:30 p.m.
South Fort Myers High School – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 24

Cypress Lake High School – 10:00 a.m.
Dunbar High School – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25

Mariner High School – 10:00 a.m.
Cape Coral High School – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 26

Island Coast High School – 2:30 p.m.

Due to social distancing guidelines, each graduate will be provided two tickets for family members or guests to attend the ceremony. Health screening questions will be asked of everyone entering Hertz arena. Graduates will head straight to their seats on the arena floor while guests will be directed to the seating sections open for the ceremony. Diplomas will be handed out on stage with health precautions in place. At the end of the ceremony, graduates will leave first and guests are expected to meet them at their car to avoid large clusters of people outside the arena.

Standard security procedures at Hertz Arena will also be enforced.

  • Metal detectors in use at each entrance
  • Only clear bags are allowed inside, no bags are preferred
  • Flowers and gifts are not allowed inside the ceremony
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided, and the restrooms will be open
  • There is no re-entry allowed
  • Mask for guests are optional

As graduation approaches, each high school will communicate specific information to their seniors about the ceremony so that they are fully aware and prepared for graduation. A Livestream of each graduation ceremony at Hertz Arena will be available for family members and guests not able to attend the in-person ceremony. Links will be made available closer to the actual ceremonies.

Lee Virtual School will hold its in-person invite only graduation ceremony Friday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.