CHESHIRE — In keeping with the tribulations that the Cheshire High School Class of 2020 has experienced, thunderstorms have canceled both Sunday’s graduation ceremony and the Tuesday rain date, pushing the commencement to Thursday.
“The patience and flexibility that students, families and faculty have shown through the entire spring of this graduating year has been so stretched,” School Superintendent Jeff Solan said on Sunday.
While holding the event on a weekend would have been preferable, Thursday appeared to be the date most likely to work out based on forecasts and discussions with the Farmington Polo Club, which is hosting the ceremony.
“While we would obviously have preferred to hold our event today,” Solan said in an email to parents, “we need to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for our community.”
Thursday’s ceremony will still be held at the Farmington Polo Club, 152 Town Farm Road, Farmington, and will begin at 5 p.m. Under the drive-in format, graduates and their families will remain in their vehicles until the student is called. The student will then walk to the stage to receive their diploma. A large screen will show what is happening on the stage and those in their vehicles can listen via an FM radio channel. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube.
Solan said the Farmington Polo Club has been accommodating, including with the weather issues.
“We are so appreciative,” he said.
Forecasters called for thunderstorms and gusty winds to hit parts of the state late Sunday afternoon. Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to impact the state on Tuesday and Wednesday. Early in the summer, Meriden was forced to postpone the commencements for Platt and Maloney high schools because of inclement weather.
“This is 2020, and so nothing seems to go really smoothly, so we were supposed to have a rain date for Tuesday, but … the weather forecast for Tuesday is heavy rain,” Solan said.
The district waited until Sunday morning to make the decision to postpone to give students the greatest opportunity to be able to graduate on the weekend.
“This will certainly be a memorable graduation ceremony but it will be unique too in a positive way, so were looking forward to Thursday,” Solan said.