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Conant, WLC, ConVal and Mascenic start finalizing graduation plans

  • Dot and Inaya Vaidya painted the oil drum off Route 101 in Peterborough in honor of the ConVal Class of 2020. A celebratory drive tour for the graduating seniors is planned for May 23-25. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Inaya Vaidya paints the oil drum off Route 101 in Peterborough in honor of the ConVal Class of 2020. A celebratory drive tour for the graduating seniors is planned for May 23-25.  Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Dot Vaidya paints the oil drum off Route 101 in Peterborough in honor of the ConVal Class of 2020. A celebratory drive tour for the graduating seniors is planned for May 23-25.  Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • A map showing the locations of home decorated in honor of the ConVal Class of 2020. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/20/2020 6:48:13 PM

While they’ll look significantly different this year, local school districts are planning ways to get their seniors walking across a stage to accept their diplomas in person.

Wilton-Lyndeborough

The Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School plans to make use of the nearby Milford Drive-In theater to have space to properly social distance, and allow seniors to have an in-person ceremony.

Seniors will meet at the high school, and drive in a procession to the Milford Drive in for a 4 p.m. ceremony on June 5. Families will remain in their cars, while students sit in a provided chair in front of their vehicles, and will be called up to walk across the stage one at a time to receive their diploma and a rose from a table.

The event will also be used to announce local scholarships and awards, though students will not be able to come to the stage to receive them.

Conant High School

For seniors of Conant High School, while details are still being hammered out, district Superintendent Reuben Duncan announced to the School Board on Monday the district is currently planning an in-person ceremony at the Silver Ranch Airpark, and said he was “very confident” the district would be able to move forward with that plan.

Duncan didn’t outline how potential protocols to ensure social distancing measures would be kept during Monday’s meeting. He told the board that the matter is still being discussed, after multiple teleconference meetings that included Conant seniors and their parents and discussing several options, and conducting a district-wide survey to determine preferences.

Both of Conant’s student representatives to the board said they had their reservations about a large gathering. Senior Antonio Sangermano told the board he didn’t think it was a “good idea” to have an in-person graduation, a sentiment also backed by his fellow representative Patrick Greenough, who said he would have supported individual delivery of diplomas and taped messages from graduates as an alternative.

“A giant gathering, even if we’re practicing social distancing, isn’t a great idea,” Greenough said, when asked his thoughts on the matter.

ConVal Regional High School

ConVal is currently planning graduation celebrations for, June 13 which was the originally scheduled graduation day, but has also tentatively scheduled an in-person event in August. Details for that event are still under discussion.

District parents have organized a drive-by parade route to celebrate seniors starting on Friday and running through at least the weekend. To see a map and list of locations decorated for the parade, visit ledgertranscript.com.

The district plans to celebrate graduates of the eighth grade plan on May 29, and fourth grade graduates on May 28 and 29. Principals of individual middle and elementary schools are planning their own celebrations.

Mascenic Regional High School

Mascenic Superintendent Chris Martin said Wednesday the district is committed to an in-person ceremony, though it will be held several weeks after the conclusion of the school year. While the last day of school is June 5, and May 29 for seniors, graduation is currently planned to be held at some point during the week of June 22-26.

Martin said a final date and plan is currently being reviewed by the Department of Education for safety precautions, but confirmed the plan was to have an in-person ceremony, outdoors.

“The tricky part here is, how do we meet the needs and safety of the community, while maintaining an in-person ceremony of some kind. We’re strong in tradition, but a pandemic is a pandemic, and we don’t want to be the cause of community transmission,” Martin said.

Mason School District

Milford High School, which educates Mason School District seniors, is planning a weekend of graduation activities, starting with an outdoor graduation ceremony.

On June 5, there will be a live celebration and acknowledgement of graduates at Stadium Field at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be recorded, and played at the Milford Drive-In for families on June 8 at 8 p.m.

On June 6, the district will hold a car parade for seniors, at 10:30 a.m.




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