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8/11/2020 Member News

“Drive-in” graduation ceremony for St. Petersburg Collegiate High Schools

St. Petersburg Collegiate High Schools (SPCHS) will host a socially distant, “drive-in” graduation ceremony for 105 graduates from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, science building parking lot, 6605 5th Ave. N.

The Collegiate High School located at the SPC Tarpon Springs Campus will also celebrate its inaugural graduating class since opening in fall 2019.

“I am very proud of our very first class of graduating students,” said Dr. Ian Call, SPCHS Tarpon Springs Campus Principal. “Each and every one of these students will have a very special place at SPCHS as part of our inaugural graduating class from SPCHS on the Tarpon Springs Campus.”

“The class of 2019-20 will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said SPCHS St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Principal Raquel Giles. “They have faced enormous challenges, but I am beyond confident in their ability to rise above the adversities of life as I have witnessed their courage, resilience and perseverance.”

The ceremony will be streamed via Facebook Live at so graduates and guests can hear the ceremony from their car. Graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage, with their guests socially distant at a designated area. All staff, students and guests will be required to wear a mask.

SPCHS offer students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree.

The first Collegiate High School at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, which opened in 2004, has consistently been recognized as a high-performing, nationally ranked school. Since opening, it has earned an “A” rating from the State of Florida. The online ranking site Niche recently listed the school as #1 in the 2020 Best Public High Schools in Tampa Area list. In 2017, it received the honorary National Blue Ribbon as an Exemplary High Performing School by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Newsweek named it the 55th best high school in America in 2016. One of only 10 Florida schools to make the list, it held the second ranking in the state.

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