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School Board approves updated Mascenic graduation plan

  • Mascenic Regional High School Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/3/2020 4:16:18 PM

The School Board gave their stamp of approval to plans for an in-person graduation for Mascenic Regional High School seniors, during its Monday meeting.

The basic plan had already been presented and reviewed by the board, who also gave the administration the go-ahead to make “tweaks” as needed to maintain safety, Mascenic Regional School District Chris Martin said Tuesday.

School Board Vice-Chair Rachel Anderson said Wednesday the district has hired a professional event company to work with the district on graduation, and the plan may still be adjusted to accommodate changes based on their recommendations, but the updated graduation plan approved Monday should represent closely what graduation will look like this year for Mascenic.

The updated plans accommodate requests from the public to allow graduates to be seated together, though still maintaining a six-foot distance from each other.

Tonya Rines of New Ipswich, whose youngest daughter is a senior this year, said that was the one issue seniors felt most strongly about, and she was happy to see it incorporated into the ceremony.

“This is all about compromise,” Rines, who virtually attended Monday’s School Board meeting, said Wednesday. “In a perfect world, we would have wanted more. But we asked the kids, the seniors, ‘What do you really want?’ and that was it: Sitting together one last time. We fought for it, and we got it, and the kid’s voices were heard.”

Other aspects were a matter of compromise, Rines said.

Graduates will be staged in front of the Mascenic Regional High School, while parents and guests can watch the ceremony from designated parking spots, with a space between cars. Guests can either watch the ceremony from their vehicles, or in chairs by their designated spot. This is a compromise between parents who wished only to have seating, and a more conservative approach of all parents watching from their vehicles.

There will be two podiums, one for staff speeches and one for all student speeches, and the master of ceremonies will also have a separate microphone. Graduates, called by row, will accept their diploma cover and a flower at a decorated table, and return to their seat. Traditionally, students were allowed to have their photographs taken by parents in a designated area as they left the stage, which is not allowed this year. Professional photographs and a video of the ceremony will be supplied to families through an online link following the ceremony.

The traditional rose ceremony, where graduates present flowers to their parents or loved ones, has been moved to the end of the ceremony, for graduates to present their flowers to their families before exiting the parking lot.

The ceremony is set to begin on 6:30 p.m. on June 26, with June 25 or June 27 as potential rain dates.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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