Duval County Class of 2022 High School Graduation Schedule

For Duval County Public Schools, this graduation season marks a throwback to “pre-pandemic” times, with indoor ceremonies and no mask requirements. For attendees, that means there’s also something else to celebrate: air conditioning.

After two years of modified opening ceremonies in Jacksonville to accommodate COVID-19 safety recommendations, Duval Schools officials have announced that this season will return to traditional circumstances. Several private schools in the region are also following suit.

“I’m sure board members will be delighted to know that the ceremonies are taking place indoors,” Superintendent Diana Greene said at a recent school board meeting.

Until now, the ceremonies have taken place outdoors — in the heart of Florida’s sweltering summer heat, on the respective schools’ football fields — instead of indoor auditoriums, including the VyStar arena, the Times – Union Performing Arts Center and the University of North Florida Arena.

The students sat in chairs placed on the grassy pitches of their football stadiums, bottles of water in tow. Attendees brought fans, wore hats, and used umbrellas to hide from the sun, especially those attending daytime ceremonies.

Spectators cast their own shadows as they watched the graduation ceremony for the 2020 Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology graduates from the stands at TIAA Bank Field on Friday morning.  The Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology held their coronavirus-delayed graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Friday, July 17, 2020 in the stands at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  Relatives and friends cheered on graduates from the upper tiers of seats on the east side of the stadium while masked and socially distant graduates sat below as they waited to approach the stage at pitch level to collect their diplomas.  There were 260 graduates in the Class of 2020, but many did not attend, having already moved on with their lives.

Returning to indoor venues will cost the district approximately $300,000, with the bulk of the cost going toward contracting VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for several larger launch ceremonies, including Riverside and Fletcher High Schools.

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Between graduation ceremonies from 2018 to 2020, ceremonies cost the district an average of $261,091. When the ceremonies were held on school football fields, the prizes dropped significantly, costing less than $200,000.

“We are excited to be back indoors for graduations this year,” said school board chair Darryl Willie. “We cherish the opportunity to have students and families celebrate the culmination of years of academic achievement.”

Although COVID-19 precautions are less stringent compared to years past, Willie cautions attendees to continue to be mindful. Specific restrictions – including bag size limits – will vary by location. These tips will be provided to attendees with their tickets.

Here is the program of the graduation ceremony for the class of 2022:

May 19

  • Mount Herman Exceptional Student Center: on campus at 11 a.m.
  • Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center: at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies at 5 p.m.

May 20

  • Alden Road Exceptional Student Center: on campus at 6 p.m.
  • Marine Science Center: at Duncan U. Fletcher High School at 5 p.m.
  • Duval Virtual Instruction Academy: at the University of North Florida Arena at 6 p.m.

May 23

  • Samuel W. Wolfson High School: at the University of North Florida Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Riverside High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
  • William M. Raines High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
  • Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts: at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theater at 7 p.m.

May 24

  • Andrew Jackson High School: at the University of North Florida Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Terry Parker High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Duncan U. Fletcher High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
  • The Bridge to Success Academy: at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theater at 7 p.m.

May 25

  • Preparatory to Stanton College: at the University of North Florida Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Edward White High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Mandarin High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
  • Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology: at the University of North Florida Arena at 6 p.m.
  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts: at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theater at 7 p.m.

May 26

  • Lycée Jean Ribault: at the University of North Florida Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Englewood High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Atlantic Coast High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
  • Westside High School: at the University of North Florida Arena at 6 p.m.
  • A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology: at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theater at 7 p.m.

May 27

  • Paxon School for Advanced Studies: University of North Florida Arena at 1 p.m.
  • First Coast High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 1 p.m.
  • Sandalwood High School: at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m.
  • Baldwin Middle-Senior High School: at the Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts Moran Theater at 7 p.m.

Emily Bloch is a youth culture and education reporter for the Florida Times-Union. Follow her on Twitter or send him an e-mail. Subscribe to his newsletter.

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