Cauiau Davis-McKinney, 18, celebrates after collecting his diploma during Gibbs High School’s commencement ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas opens graduation season with ceremonies at Tropicana Field

Six high schools honored the Class of 2023 on Monday, with more to come.
Cauiau Davis-McKinney, 18, celebrates after collecting his diploma during Gibbs High School’s commencement ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
 
Six high schools honored the Class of 2023 on Monday, with more to come.
Published May 15, 2023|Updated May 16, 2023

Thousands of students, family members, educators and friends filled Tropicana Field on Monday as the Pinellas County school system continued a week of commencement exercises that began Saturday. The ceremonies featured graduates from six high schools — Hollins, Gibbs, Northeast, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

More graduations are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, with all but two at The Trop. Seniors in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties are scheduled to graduate later this month.

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Gibbs High School graduates attend commencement ceremonies at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg.
Gibbs High School graduates attend commencement ceremonies at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Family and friends cheer for graduates as their names are called during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony.
Family and friends cheer for graduates as their names are called during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Kamiya Simmons celebrates after collecting her diploma during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony.
Kamiya Simmons celebrates after collecting her diploma during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Northeast High School graduates gather during commencement ceremonies in St. Petersburg.
Northeast High School graduates gather during commencement ceremonies in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Graduates cheer for friends as they collect their diplomas.
Graduates cheer for friends as they collect their diplomas. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Graduates raise their diplomas during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony Monday in St. Petersburg.
Graduates raise their diplomas during Gibbs High School’s graduation ceremony Monday in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A Northeast High School student arrives for the graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday.
A Northeast High School student arrives for the graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field on Monday. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]