Graduation season for the PGCPS system began May 1 with “College Signing Day,” which celebrates students’ commitment to higher education.

College Signing Day inspires more youth to pursue a two- and four-year institution and promotes a college-going culture throughout the school system.

When the event began this week in Prince George’s County, high school seniors were encouraged to share their college decisions on social media (#PGCPSCollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom).

PGCPS staff members were encouraged to wear attire or paraphernalia representing their alma mater or favorite college team.

A College Signing Day will be held at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 4 at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale.

Last Day of School for Students

Prince George’s County Board of Education has voted to extend the school year by three days to make up instructional time lost to inclement weather.

Maryland elected officials recently passed emergency legislation that enables school districts to add up to five days beyond the state-mandated last day for students (June 15) to make up for days lost due to inclement weather.

The last day of school for students will now be Wednesday, June 20. There will be a two-hour early dismissal on June 19 and June 20.

For more information, go to www.pgcps.org/school-calendar-process.

High School Graduations

Below are a few graduations slated for May. A complete schedule of graduations is listed on the PGCPS website.

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

Graduation: Academy of Health Sciences @PGCC

The Show Place Arena

Friday, May 25

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Graduation: Oxon Hill HS

The Show Place Arena

Friday, May 25

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Graduation: Crossland HS

The Show Place Arena

Tuesday, May 29

Graduation: Charles Herbert Flowers High

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Bus Driver Recruitment

PGCPS will host a bus driver fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 16 at Skyline Transportation Department in Suitland.

Interested candidates must meet the following requirements:

• High School Diploma/GED

• No more than three points in 10-year driving history

• Satisfactory past driving record

• At least 21 years old

• At least five years driving experience

• Ability to obtain a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL), Class A or B with passenger endorsement or Class B Learners Permit with passenger (P) and school bus (S) endorsements

• Ability to meet special training and qualifications determined by PGCPS

PGCPS offers its bus drivers a starting salary of $18.41 per hour, with advancement opportunity up to $35.17 per hour.

The school system also provides employees with a comprehensive package of benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, and retirement plans.

Destination Imagination

Robert Goddard Montessori and Martin L. King Jr. Middle School students are headed to the Destination Imagination Global finals that take place May 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.

More than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds are set to compete against other teams in their Challenge Level (i.e., Elementary, Middle, etc.) and Challenge Category (i.e., Scientific, Fine Arts, etc.).

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