MPS honors graduates with a week-long celebration

May 28, 2020

Graduation is always an exciting time in Milwaukee Public Schools! This year, MPS will recognize seniors with a weeklong celebration of virtual graduation ceremonies. Graduates and their families will be able to watch their school’s class president, valedictorian, salutatorian, commencement speakers, and principal, and view photos of their classmates during the full-length virtual programs. “We salute the class of 2020 for handling this unexpected situation with maturity and responsibility in a safe manner,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “We are proud of the entire MPS class of 2020 and their families.”

Graduations will be released on the MPS YouTube page according to the schedule that follows. All virtual graduation ceremonies will be available for download as a keepsake for seniors and their families. All graduates will also receive, by mail, a complete printed program that recognizes every graduate.

The following list includes the dates and times for each virtual graduation ceremony according to schools.

Monday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.
Bay View
Monday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.
Bradley Tech
Monday, June 1, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 1, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2 , 9:00 a.m.
Rufus King
Tuesday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 2, 1:00 p.m.
Madison (JMAC)
Tuesday, June 2, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2, 5:00 p.m.
Golda Meir
Wednesday, June 3, 9:00 a.m.
Milw. HS of the Arts
(MHSA) Wednesday, June 3, 11:00 a.m.
Milw. School of Lang.
(MSL) Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.
North Division
Wednesday, June 3, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 5:00 p.m.
Project STAY/Milw. County Youth Ed. Center
Thursday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 4, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 4, 3:00 p.m.
South Division
Thursday, June 4, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, June 5, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, June 5, 1:00 p.m.
Wisc. Conserv. of Lifelong Learning (WCLL)
Friday, June 5, 3:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate our graduates! Send your congratulations to all the seniors by sharing a creative photo, message, or video honoring our 2020 graduates. Post on social media and tag with #MPSClass2020, #MPSProud, or #MPSGrads, or email us at

Important information for seniors

Schools have distributed caps and gowns, diploma covers, and yard signs. If you have not picked up your items, contact your school for instructions.

Seniors should plan to receive locker contents and return textbooks and other school property from May 26 to 29. Please see below for specific information.

Diplomas, transcripts, and graduation programs will be mailed directly to graduates beginning June 15, 2020. Please be sure your home address is correct by contacting your school directly. Diplomas may be delayed if school property has not been returned.

Seniors and families who have questions should contact their schools directly.

Congratulations to all our graduates!!

Return of school property and pick-up of locker contents

Students should plan to return school property and receive personal belongings on the schedule listed below.

Items to return: Textbooks, Chromebooks, library books, uniforms, sports equipment, musical instruments, and any other items issued by the school. Students who will attend Summer Academy should keep their Chromebooks for use during the summer session.

When you arrive: Remain in your car. School staff will ask for your student’s name, retrieve their belongings, and bring them to your car.

Items will be held by schools until June 30, 2020.

Please select any date from the list below and arrive at your school during the times assigned by students’ last names.

Early Start Schools

Graduates from Early Start Schools may pick up and return items on any of the following dates:

May 26, 2020
May 27, 2020
May 28, 2020
May 29, 2020
Student’s Last Name
Pick-up/Drop-off Time
A–E 8–9 a.m.
F–J 9–10 a.m.
K–O 10–11 a.m.
P–T 1–2 p.m.
U–Z 2–3 p.m.
All Names 3–4 p.m.

Traditional Start Schools
Graduates from Traditional Start Schools may pick up and return items on any of the following dates:
June 15, 2020
June 16, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 18, 2020
Student’s Last Name
Pick-up/Drop-off Time
A–E 8–9 a.m.
F–J 9–10 a.m.
K–O 10–11 a.m.
P–T 1–2 p.m.
U–Z 2–3 p.m.
All Names 3–4 p.m.