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Hampton City Schools announces Class of 2021 graduation events

Hampton City Schools announced to parents and graduating seniors that the Class of 2021 will be honored with several celebratory events – Cap and Gown Celebrations, Class of 2021 Decorated Vehicle Parades, and a culminating event of a formal, in-person graduation ceremony for each high school that will be held at Darling Stadium.

The Cap and Gown Celebrations will be held in the parking lot at each high school (Bethel, Hampton, Kecoughtan, and Phoebus) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021. Graduates will receive their cap and gown (to include other graduation regalia), vehicle signage (e.g. highest honors, honors, 2021 graduate) for the Vehicle Parade, as well as a Class of 2021 yard sign.

Decorated Vehicle Parades will also be held to provide graduating seniors and their families a time to gather and celebrate the Class of 2021 and the legacies they have left behind, as well as the journeys they have ahead. The schedules for the Vehicle Parades are as follows:

  • Bethel High School – June 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Hampton High School – June 11, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Phoebus High School – June 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Kecoughtan High School – June 12, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

The final culminating event will be a formal, in-person graduation ceremony for each high school at Darling Stadium. These events will be held rain or shine with the exception of severe weather such as thunder and lighting. An alternate severe weather date is scheduled if this should occur. Ticket allotment will be determined based on the number of graduates in the graduating class. However, each student will receive at least four (4) tickets for family and friends. Additional information regarding graduation ticket numbers will be communicated to families from their graduate’s high school.

  • Bethel High School – June 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (severe weather date – June 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Hampton High School – June 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (severe weather date – June 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Phoebus High School – June 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (severe weather date – June 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Kecoughtan High School – June 19,2021 at 1:30 p.m. (severe weather date – June 23, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.)

Additional details to include lighting up Hampton, electronic interstate billboards, and the Coliseum’s marquee may be found on the HCS Graduation Website at

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



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Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
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