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JP Schools Proceeding with Class of 2020 Graduations in July

Jefferson Parish Schools will continue its plan to hold in-person graduations for the Class of 2020 in July. The district made small adjustments to the schedule previously announced in April to ensure the proper social distancing safety measures are in place.

"Having in-person graduations was extremely important to us," said JP Schools Interim Superintendent and Cheif Operations Officer Lale L. Geer. "We will adjust to the restrictions at this present time, but parents will get to see their children have that moment they have worked so hard for."

Commencement ceremonies for all JP Schools graduating classes except Grand Isle School, JCFA Charter, and Kenner Discovery Charter High will take place at the Pontchartrain Center. Grand Isle School will hold its ceremony in the school’s gymnasium July 10. JCFA Charter will hold its graduation July 14 at La Maison Creole in Harvey. Kenner Discovery Charter High held a graduation event at their Vintage campus on June 10. 

The ceremonies and graduate processions will be abbreviated and include additional safety measures. Speeches and performances will be limited, and invitations will be reduced. The district will record each graduation and make those videos available online.

JP Schools commencement ceremonies were scheduled to start May 9 and conclude May 17. There are over 2,600 high school seniors in Jefferson Parish Schools. Fifteen schools in the district have a 2020 graduating class: Bonnabel High, East Jefferson High, Fisher Middle-High, Grace King High, Grand Isle School, Haynes Academy, Helen Cox High, Higgins High, JCFA Charter, John Ehret High, Kenner Discovery Charter High, Patrick F. Taylor Academy, Thomas Jefferson Academy, and West Jefferson High.

Jefferson Parish Schools Class of 2020 Updated Graduation Schedule

June 10 Graduation at Kenner Discovery

  • Kenner Discovery: 6:30 p.m.

July 6 Graduations at the Pontchartrain Center

  • Riverdale High Part 1: 9:00 a.m.
  • Riverdale High Part 2: 11:30 a.m.
  • Haynes Academy: 3 p.m.
  • East Jefferson High: 6 p.m.

July 7 Graduations at the Pontchartrain Center

  • West Jefferson High: 9:30 a.m.
  • Thomas Jefferson Academy: 2 p.m.
  • Grace King High: 6 p.m.

July 8 Graduations at the Pontchartrain Center

  • Higgins High: 9:30 a.m.
  • Patrick Taylor Academy: 2 p.m.
  • Helen Cox High: 6 p.m.

July 9 Graduation at the Pontchartrain Center

  • Fisher Middle-High: 3 p.m.

July 10 Graduation at Grand Isle School

  • Grand Isle School: 12 p.m.

July 13 Graduations at the Pontchartrain Center

  • John Ehret High Part 1: 11 a.m. 
  • John Ehret High Part 2: 1:30 p.m.
  • Bonnabel High: 4:30 p.m.

July 14 Graduation at La Maison Creole

  • JCFA Charter: 6:30 p.m.