What health and safety precautions are being taken for Class of 2021 graduations?

In collaboration with the County Executive’s office, the Howard County Health Department, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, several measures have been implemented to allow commencement events to be held on site while maintaining COVID-safe practices. At this point, and in consultation with the Health Department, each graduating senior’s family will initially be provided two guest tickets for lawn seating. As more vaccines are distributed and with the hope for declining county positivity rates, HCPSS will continue working with the health department to consider possibilities for issuing additional tickets and other seating arrangements.

Additionally, all in-person attendees are expected to wear masks. The numbers of in-person speakers and performers will be kept to a minimum, while others will participate virtually. HCPSS’ plans for ensuring inclusion of graduates who prefer to participate virtually will be announced at a later date.