Please see the following letter from CHS Principal Brett Hoogterp:
Dear Class of 2020 Graduates and Families,
We have been working hard to plan the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 given the recent limitations of COVID-19 and Governor Mills’ Executive Order for social distancing. We have a plan in place to celebrate our graduates on June 13th at 2pm with a drive through ceremony that we will livestream for anyone across the world to watch.
With help from many of our staff members and local police and fire departments, we will host an event that is socially safe, and mirrors our traditional experience as much as possible with some new unique touches to make it a special day for our students.
Here is a basic overview of the day’s events:
30 minutes prior to the celebration, families will be allowed 2 carloads of people to enter the main driveway. Upon entering, each car will receive a number to place on their windshield. The number represents the order of how to line up for the ceremony in the CHS and CMS parking lots. Staff will be on hand to help get cars parked in the correct order.
At 2pm our class Valedictorian and Salutatorian will go first and drive down to the main entrance area to give their speeches, hear their scholarships and awards, have their name announced and walk across a stage area to receive their diploma. A photographer will be present to take a professional photo. This process will allow for required social distancing and align to the guidelines we have been provided. Graduates will rejoin their family car and then circle to the end of the line to rejoin the procession for the final drive through.
All vehicles will have access to this event through their phones and a livestream broadcast to watch all of their classmates receive their diplomas.
One by one, graduates will move forward to the main entrance and parents will have a front row seat to watch their child receive their accolades and diploma as their child walks across the stage.
The last graduate in line will be the class President who, after receiving his diploma, will give closing comments and the final turning of the tassels. After that we will start a parade from CHS to CCES and invite teachers and staff from RSU 64 to wave to the graduates one last time.
A week prior to graduation, Mr. Arsenault and I will be delivering caps and gowns, yearbooks, honor cords, class T-shirts and other related items with the assistance of Cormier’s Bus Service to graduates’ homes. A schedule of that bus run will come out later.
I want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we experience a school year unlike anything before. If you have questions please contact us at school at 285-3326.
Brett Hoogterp, Principal