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JCPS High School Graduation and Prom details

Johnston County Public Schools has developed a detailed plan to mark senior milestones, including prom and graduation, while adhering to guidance from the Johnston County Public Health Department and the CDC in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

All high schools will participate in a single graduate format to comply with the governor’s current executive order. Schools may have an outdoor drive through graduation format, or they may have an inside graduation format where each student has a scheduled window of time for their commencement.

Unless the governor updates his executive order by April 30, JCPS will maintain its current graduation plan. The scheduled graduation dates will remain the same regardless of any changes to the current executive order.

The current dates for 2021 High School Commencement Ceremonies are as follows: 

  • Clayton High School - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2
  • Cleveland High School - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2
  • Corinth Holders High School - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2
  • Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy - Drive Through, Saturday, May 15
  • Johnston County Early College Academy - Drive Through, Friday, May 14
  • North Johnston High School - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2
  • Princeton Middle/High - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1
  • Smithfield-Selma High - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2
  • South Johnston High - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1
  • West Johnston High - Drive Through, Tuesday, June 1 

In regards to prom, in order to keep students and staff members safe, JCPS must follow guidance set forth by the CDC and Governor Roy Cooper. Prom 2021 planning must adhere to the following:

  • Prom must be held in an outside area (parking lot or other outside venue)
  • All attendees must abide by CDC guidelines and safety protocols, including wearing masks, following social distancing, utilizing hand sanitizing stations, etc.
  • Each prom will accommodate 100 students per time slot or per outside venue. This does not include staff and event personnel.
  • Seniors will be the only students who are permitted to attend prom this year, with the exception of each senior being allowed to bring one guest.
  • Based on current orders from the governor prom must end by 10:00 p.m.

Each school will communicate specific details in regards to their prom schedule.