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In-person graduation plan for Mascenic proposed; up for approval Monday

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Mascenic held its Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, June 7. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/29/2020 4:46:19 PM

Mascenic Regional High School officials announced a tentative in-person graduation plan on Friday which could be approved at Monday night’s school board meeting. 

The school district, student and parents went back and forth in recent weeks with different proposals, with many families in the district pushing for an in-person graduation with social distancing that would allow seniors to sit together – six feet apart – before receiving their diplomas. Friday’s proposal from Mascenic principal John Barth and assistant principal Charles Langille seems to fit the bill. 

“I’ve had some tentative discussions with board members,” said Mascenic superintendent Dr. Christine Martin. “It’s my hope that it will be approved.”

The proposal, which is posted on the SAU 87 website, would have students and their families arrive by vehicle on June 26 to the high school’s rear parking lot, where graduating seniors would be dropped off to sit with their class while the families continue to predetermined parking spots. Guests can watch from their vehicles or sit outside in the  one-parking-spot buffer zone between families.

The rest of the ceremony remains largely the same as previous Mascenic graduations, albeit outdoors and with social distancing. Speeches, pomp and circumstance, and the diploma handoff all remain in the program. 

“We have outlined safety measures that we believe are in compliance with the NH DOE and NH Governor’s stay-at-home orders,” the plan states. “Our students and their families believe it to be important to have family be in attendance and as much a part of the celebration as allowed. We have attempted to honor their request in a manner that is as safe as possible.” 

Dr. Martin said she’ll officially bring forward the proposal at Monday’s virtual school board meeting, which is accessible by phone.


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