Sherando High School Graduation Plans 2020

Sherando High School Graduation Plans 2020
Posted on 05/06/2020
Graduation CapDear Students and Families of the Class of 2020:

As we continue to deal with the impact of public health requirements that keep our community safe from the spread of COVID-19 illness, a good deal of our recent planning has been devoted to graduation. As much as it is possible under the current conditions, we are determined to provide all graduates and their families with a memorable celebratory experience that appropriately honors their achievements.

Each school is committed to preserving the traditions that have become an annual part of each graduation ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be recorded in each school's stadium and will include the traditional speeches as well as those ceremonial events and features to which each school community has grown accustomed. Sherando High School’s graduation ceremony will air June 3rd - 7:00 p.m. James Wood High School’s ceremony will air June 4th - 7:00 p.m. Millbrook High School’s ceremony will air June 5th - 6:00 p.m. The viewing of the ceremonies will be made available on both YouTube and Facebook and links will be shared on each school’s homepage.

In addition, each graduate will have the opportunity to "walk" and receive their diploma on their school's stadium field. The controlled ceremony will take place on June 11th and June 12th, with June 13th and 14th as rain back-up dates. Each graduate will be allowed to be accompanied by up to 4 other guests. Times for this event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. A sign-up process for these times will be made available at a later date. During this in-person graduation experience, students will experience the joy of hearing their name called, receiving their diploma covers, having their tassels turned, and having their photos professionally taken which will be used to produce class photos or other keepsakes to be distributed later.

Each school is planning a graduation parade to represent the “Final Walk” and the march by the faculty during the procession. Staff, including those from feeder schools, will line the parade route that seniors/family/friends may drive through. The parades are planned to take place during the early afternoon prior to each school’s virtual ceremony later that evening. Social distance protocols will be adhered to and participants will remain in their vehicles as they line up, drive through, and exit. Details regarding each school's specific plans will be available at a later date.

Each school will create a system for the distribution of caps, gowns, tassels, chords, and other graduation items. Similarly, the collection of school-related items such as Chromebooks, textbooks, calculators, etc. will be communicated when details are available. Each school will also create a system for the distribution of diplomas after graduation ceremonies have taken place. These details as well as other information specific to each of the high schools will be shared by the building principals.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the lives and well-being of people across our nation and throughout our world. While we are disappointed that it has interrupted graduation ceremonies for this year’s class, it cannot diminish our pride in the accomplishments of each graduate, the value of their lasting contributions to our learning community, and our enthusiasm and confidence in their future as they move to the next level in their personal and professional development. The Class of 2020 will be remembered for many things, but nothing more important to each of us than these things.

Please stay safe.

Joanne Altendorf, Principal Millbrook High School
Samuel Gross, Principal James Wood High School
John Nelson, Principal Sherando High School
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