File Photo

File Photo

Federal Way high school graduations coming back to Kent

Ceremonies set for June 12 at the ShoWare Center after two years away due to COVID-19

Four Federal Way high schools will return to the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent this year for graduation ceremonies.

As COVID-19 guidelines have eased in King County, Federal Way Public Schools decided to go back to indoor ceremonies.

“Graduation is an exciting time and honors the hard work of our scholars who have reached this important milestone,” said Whitney Chiang, chief of communications for the district. “We recognize the importance of our families, scholars and staff coming together in celebration at this time.”

For the past two years, the district held virtual and outdoor ceremonies. Now, current health department guidelines allow for a return to indoor, fully in-person ceremonies for the class of 2022.

The commencement ceremonies for Decatur, Federal Way, Thomas Jefferson and Todd Beamer high schools are set for Sunday, June 12, at the ShoWare Center.

The Kent School District previously announced its high school graduations would return this year to the ShoWare Center.

Throughout the pandemic, Federal Way Public Schools worked to make graduation ceremonies as close to traditional celebrations as possible, while following the guidelines of the state Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle and King County, Chiang said.

In 2020, graduates from Federal Way high schools pre-recorded their graduation walks. Each clip was then edited into a commencement video that played virtually, and no gatherings were held. Last year, friends and families celebrated their graduates at in-person outdoor ceremonies hosted at Federal Way Memorial Field.

Prior to the pandemic, commencement ceremonies were held at the ShoWare Center and the Tacoma Dome.

Graduation schedule

Sunday, June 12

ShoWare Center, 625 West James St. in Kent.

• Thomas Jefferson High School: 8:30-10 a.m.

• Federal Way High School: 12-1:30 p.m.

• Decatur High School: 3-4:30 p.m.

• Todd Beamer High School: 6-7:30 p.m.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Kent to add red-light cameras at six more intersections in 2023

Cameras already exist at six intersections and pay for body-worn cameras used by police officers

King County Local Dive podcast
Tale of the freeway rock thrower | King County Local Dive

A podcast for King County residents featuring top local stories.

t
Report finds racial disparity among Washington homeowners

Changes to real estate and lending industries, funding and policy revisions are recommended in order to bridge homeownership gap.

Stock photo, Metro Creative Graphics
Median property values up in Kent and other South County areas

Increases of 24% on Kent’s East Hill; 20.4% on West Hill

t
Kent Mayor Ralph proposes a status quo budget to help fight inflation

Higher salaries, costs cause mayor to stay away from new initiatives in 2023-2024

An apartment at the new Madison Plaza Apartments in downtown Kent at West Meeker Street and Madison Avenue. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter
Apartment rents flat in Kent in September but up 8.2% from 2021

No price increase after slight drop in August from July; median one-bedroom rent at $1,470

King County prosecutor candidates Jim Ferrell (left) and Leesa Manion debate Sept. 28 at Carco Theatre in Renton. The forum was moderated by Renton Chamber of Commerce CEO Diane Dobson (center). Photo by Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing
Prosecutor candidates debate court backlog, working with police, restorative justice

King County voters will choose between Jim Ferrell and Leesa Manion in Nov. general election.

t
Kent Police Blotter: Sept. 15-25

Incidents include robbery, death investigation, burglaries, Lowe’s theft crackdown

t
Seattle man charged for attacking Kent Police officer

The man reportedly had the officer in a headlock before he fought back

Most Read