PLD Graduation Plans
The Superintendent sent an email to you with information regarding senior celebrations. I want to provide you with the details around the PLD graduation drive through and when PLD will be recognized at the Kentucky Horse Park. I have included details below within the information sent by Mr. Caulk.
- On May 27, the last day of school, the district is collaborating with City Center and iHeartRadio 104.5 The Cat to light up downtown with a musical light show tribute to the Class of 2020.
- On May 28 and 29, seniors will have a chance to see their teachers and school staff members one more time during a several mile reverse parade. Building on our long-standing relationship with the Kentucky Horse Park and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the first-ever FCPS Senior Send Off will wind through the idyllic pastures of the 1,200 acre park with audio entertainment provided by LM Communications, including Hits 106.3 and The Beat 107.9.
- PLD Specific:
- On May 28, PLD entry time at the Kentucky Horse Park is 6:30 PM. Entry to the event will be at the camp ground entrance. Graduates are required to wear their mortarboard (graduation cap) so they can be easily identified in the vehicle. Only members of the graduate’s family should be in each car. Only one graduate should be in each vehicle, unless there is more than one individual in a person’s home who is graduating. Families for whom that is the case will receive a different colored dashboard entry card.
- Teachers will be spaced at a minimum of 20-foot intervals to wave and cheer as students drive through. We are excited to see you and hope you will make every effort to attend.
- There will be more details coming soon from the district and as always check the PLD website regularly.
- During the first week of June, the district’s six large high schools will hold on-campus drive through diploma distribution events for students and families. Schools will be communicating details directly with seniors and their families.
- PLD Specific:
- On June 1 - 4, 2020, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School will have a drive through individualized graduation ceremony on campus. Each graduate will be given a date and arrival time for their individualized mini ceremony where they will wear their cap and gown and be presented with their diploma. Families will be permitted to have one vehicle on campus for the ceremony which should include the graduate and immediate family members. The ceremony will take place in the grassy area between the school and the stadium. We will have a tent set up in case of rain, a table to pass the diploma, and a sound system to announce the graduate and to play Pomp and Circumstance.
- The ceremony will include:
- The vehicle carrying the graduate will stop at the designated area (it will be clearly marked) and the graduate will exit the vehicle.
- When the graduates name is called, he/she will approach the table to pick up the diploma (pomp and circumstance will be playing).
- After receiving the diploma, the graduate will turn to the camera, move the tassel, and smile! (PLD Lamp Lighter will post photos on social media)
- The vehicle will be in close proximity for family to view, video, and take pictures. (family members must stay in the vehicle).
- After the photo is taken the graduate will continue through the area where the family vehicle will be waiting to exit campus.
- Everyone must exit the campus immediately after receiving the diploma, no gathering will be permitted.
- Directions/Things to know:
- The route to follow – enter at the main entrance of campus, circle to the front of the building to return books, and then proceed toward the stadium.
- One vehicle per graduate including immediate family. Vehicles may be decorated to celebrate this special occasion!
- Arrive at PLD at the time assigned. A staff member will call you with the specific time of arrival. If you are not contacted by May 27, please contact your counselor.
- Bring books/chrome books and any other items that need to be returned to school. Stay in your car and drop off the items with the designated person at the main entrance.
- Graduates should be dressed in cap/gown and ready.
- All family members must remain in the vehicle and wear a mask.
- All staff members in attendance will wear a mask and be stationed at the recommended distance for safety.
- Each graduate will receive three programs with their diploma.
- We will follow the recommendations provided by the CDC, as well as our local health officials throughout the event.
- Each graduate will receive a personal phone call with the specific time to arrive. Below is the anticipated range of time for each section alphabetically. It is very important to be on time as we are planning to recognize sixteen graduates per hour. If you do not receive a phone call by May 27, please contact your counselor. ALL THE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE AND A REMINDER EMAIL/PHONE CALL WILL BE SENT BEFORE THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.
A - Bravard
Bravo - C
D - Ga
Ge - H
J - L
M - N
O - R
S - Thornton
Todd - Z
Seniors who owe fees should have received a bill in the mail. Payment may be mailed to the school.
Seniors who need a cap and gown should call or text Jostens at 859-457-5846.
- Graduation videos are also being assembled for each of the district’s six high schools, featuring customary commencement speeches, musical performances, pictures of each senior, the announcement of each student’s name, and other special traditions unique to each school. These virtual ceremonies will air in early June on the district’s education television station, which can be viewed on Spectrum Channel 197, Windstream Channel 13 and MetroNet Channel 2. We are also working with iHeartRadio and KET to expand broadcast options for families.
- PLD Specific:
- We will let you know when the date is finalized for the airing of our virtual graduation program. It will be sometime around the first of June.
While your senior year has not ended the way we would have hoped or expected, we want to celebrate your achievements and recognize each one of you as you complete your course work at PLD. We are proud of you, and we can’t wait to see you at the Kentucky Horse Park and on your graduation day!
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School