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High School Graduations

Congratulations class of 2024!

Graduation Schedule

Commencement Date Window Announced!

Howard County Public School System has confirmed the window for the 2024 high school graduations as Monday, May 20-Friday, May 31, 2024. No graduations will be scheduled for weekend dates or on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Additional information regarding our early announcement →

Atholton High School mascot

Atholton High School

Cedar Lane School mascot

Cedar Lane School

Centennial High School mascot

Centennial High School

Glenelg High School mascot

Glenelg High School

Hammond High School mascot

Hammond High School

Howard High School mascot

Howard High School

Innovative Pathways Summer mascot

Innovative Pathways Summer

Long Reach High School mascot

Long Reach High School

Marriotts Ridge High School mascot

Marriotts Ridge High School

Mt. Hebron High School mascot

Mt. Hebron High School

Oakland Mills High School mascot

Oakland Mills High School

Reservoir High School mascot

Reservoir High School

River Hill High School mascot

River Hill High School

Wilde Lake High School mascot

Wilde Lake High School


For each graduation, HCPSS will feature an online video stream and a live textual transcript. There will be ASL interpreters at each ceremony, on stage left and visible on the large screens at Merriweather, live feed and rebroadcasts.


Parking information will be forthcoming.


Commencement ceremonies are public events and, as such, may be photographed or videotaped. Additional photography information is forthcoming.

It is imperative that media and other photographers/videographers do not interfere with the official documenting of commencement events and observe the following guidelines:

  • Representatives of news outlets should wear their media ID badges in a plain sight. Upon arrival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on the day of the event, check in backstage with the HCPSS graduation coordinator(s).
  • Follow directions regarding where you will be permitted to stand in order to avoid interfering with the commencement activities.
  • No photos or video are to be shot from the stage unless special permission is obtained in advance through the Office of Communications (410-313-6682). Special permission will not be granted on the day of the commencement.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in removal from the premises.

How to Watch Graduations

HCPSS will stream each graduation online. Viewers will access the online graduations at the school's scheduled date/time by going to up to 10 minutes prior to each event. Archived videos will be available soon after each graduation's end by selecting the applicable school from the boxes above on this page. Videos will remain on the HCPSS website until next year’s graduations, or can be accessed permanently on the HCPSS YouTube channel.

HCPSS also will rebroadcast the graduations on Howard County cable channels 42 (Verizon) and 95 (Comcast). A rebroadcast schedule will be available in the spring, prior to graduations. Please note, rebroadcast schedules are subject to change. Any updates will be posted on this page.