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Lee County to stream high school graduation ceremonies online

By Staff | May 9, 2018

High school graduation weekend is fast approaching, and once again families not able to attend the ceremony can view them online.

For the fifth straight year, the School District of Lee County will stream the ceremonies of its 13 high schools, Lee Virtual School and Adult Education online at www.leeschools.net/graduation.

About 5,000 seniors are expected to earn their diploma this year. The first ceremony will be held on May 12 at Buckingham Exceptional Center in Fort Myers. Eleven students will be honored.

The high schools are using Suncoast Arena at Florida SouthWestern State College, Alico Arena at Florida Gulf Coast University and Germain Arena in Estero for the ceremonies on May 19-20.

The schedule is as follows:

May 19

Suncoast Arena, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers

– Cape Coral High School at 10 a.m.

– Island Coast High School at 2:30 p.m.

– Mariner High School at 7 p.m.

Alico Arena, 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers

– Dunbar High School at 10 a.m.

– Estero High School at 2:30 p.m.

– Cypress Lake High School at 7 p.m.

Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero

– Lehigh Senior High School at 10 a.m.

– South Fort Myers High School at 2:30 p.m.

– Riverdale High School at 7 p.m.

May 20

Suncoast Arena, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers

– Adult Education at 2:30 p.m.

– Lee Virtual School at 7 p.m.

Alico Arena, 10501 FGCU Blvd., Fort Myers

– Ida S. Baker High School at 2:30 p.m.

– North Fort Myers High School at 7 p.m.

Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero

– Fort Myers High School at 2:30 p.m.

– East Lee County High School at 7 p.m.

Graduation rates have recently been on the rise in Lee County. The 78.7 percent graduation rate for the Class of 2017 was the highest level attained by the district since 2010-11 when the Federal Rate calculation was implemented. When only the district’s traditional non-charter schools are considered, the graduation rate averaged 88.7 percent. Rates for black and Hispanic students increased by 5 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.