Our Schools

Graduation Information

Graduation is an important milestone in a student's life that should be celebrated with family and friends.  Unfortunately, gathering together for traditional spring commencements is unsafe due to the continuing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  However, Jackson County Public Schools is committed to fulfilling the lifelong dream of our seniors and honoring the class of 2020 with graduation ceremonies.

Each high school and early college has developed an alternate schedule for graduation that is subject to change based on state and local guidelines and the status of regulations related to COVID-19.  Assuming the events will be permitted, we look forward to seeing our outstanding seniors back together again to celebrate their achievements and wish them the best for the future.


The following information is subject to change.  Each school will communicate additional details directly to students.  Questions should be directed to each school.


Blue Ridge Early College
Phone:  (828) 743-2646

  • August 7
    • Assigned Times (3:00-8:00 p.m.)
    • BREC Gymnasium

Jackson Community School
Phone: (828) 586-4328

  • August 6
    • Drive-In Format (5:00 & 5:45 p.m.)
    • JCS Parking Lot
    • One Vehicle with Guests Allowed Per Student

Jackson County Early College
Phone: (828) 339-4499

  • August 1
    • Multiple Ceremonies (5:30-8:00 p.m.)
    • JCEC Parking Lot
    • Maximum of Two (2) Guests Per Student

Smoky Mountain High School
Phone: (828) 586-2177

  • August 2 & 3
    • Assigned Times
    • SMHS Auditorium
    • RSVP Required