MCPS to Host Live Universal Graduation on June 7, Featuring Jose Andres

May 22, 2020

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will honor the Class of 2020 with a systemwide Universal Graduation Celebration on Sunday, June 7, featuring Jose Andres, chef, humanitarian and founder of World Central Kitchen as the commencement speaker.  

The event will pay tribute to more than 10,500 seniors. Produced in collaboration with NBC4, it will air at 6 p.m. on Cozi TV (broadcast over-the-air on channel 4.2, Verizon Fios channel 460, and Xfinity channel 208) and on MCPS TV (Comcast channel 34, Verizon channel 36 and RCN channel 89). It will also stream live on the MCPS website.  The ceremony will be emceed by NBC4 anchor Leon Harris. 

Replay will be available on the MCPS website and YouTube channel.  

The live Universal Graduation Celebration will also feature remarks from Superintendent of Schools Jack Smith, Board of Education President Shebra Evans and video messages from MCPS alumni. All high schools will also host individual virtual ceremonies for their students June 8 through June 12. 

MCPS has postponed traditional, in-person graduation ceremonies in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When local officials determine it is safe to engage in large gatherings, MCPS will host events for the Class of 2020.

Parents, guardians and family members are encouraged to email short videos and photos honoring their graduates to These pieces may be included  during the Universal Graduation on June 7. 


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