Carmel High School graduation to return to state fairgrounds for 4 ceremonies 


Carmel High School seniors will once again attend their graduation ceremony at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum this year after the COVID-19 pandemic led to drive-through and virtual graduation events in 2020.

But instead of hosting one ceremony, Carmel Clay Schools will hold four events for the class of 2021 on May 27 to allow for physical distancing. Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony based alphabetically by last name. Times are:

  • 10 a.m. for last names beginning with A-D
  • 1 p.m. for last names beginning with E-K
  • 4 p.m. for last names beginning with L-R
  • 7 p.m. for last names beginning with S-Z

CHS officials have been working with the Hamilton County Health Dept. and Marion County Health Dept. to safely plan the ceremonies.

Only parents and guardians of graduates will be allowed to attend the graduation ceremonies, although that could change if additional restrictions are lifted by that time.

CCS is planning a senior celebration night from 8 to 11 p.m. May 28 at Murray Stadium. The free event, open only to seniors, will combine elements of prom and the annual Gradfest. Students are encouraged to dress up for a night of dancing, games and prizes.