CHESHIRE — Students will once again be sitting side-by-side for the Cheshire High School graduation ceremony this June.
During Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jeff Solan announced that the graduation will be held in person on June 16 at 6 p.m. on the school’s football field.
“We met this morning with Maura Esposito from Chesprocott (Health District), she reviewed our plan and gave us the endorsement,” he said.
There will be one ceremony with seating for 368 students, 1,464 parents and 96 faculty on the field, with additional seating in the stands. All attendees will be required to wear masks, however, graduates will be permitted to remove theirs while crossing the stage to receive their diplomas.
There will be four feet of distance between the seats of students and guests on the field and graduates will walk down a 12-foot-wide aisle down the center of the field to reach the stage. The school’s band will also be in attendance, flanking the stage on each side to the rear.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors and split into two ceremonies.
“We’re very excited to be able to go in a more traditional format,” Solan said.
Cheshire follows the lead of Meriden, Wallingford and Southington schools in planning graduation ceremonies on their high school football fields. Most of the schools will be having one ceremony for all their students, however, Wilcox Technical High School will be breaking their outdoor ceremony into three cohorts.
In addition to having the graduation ceremony in person, Cheshire will also be holding its traditional all-night graduate party after the ceremony, as well as the senior picnic at Holiday Hill, senior prom and senior recognition.
In a letter to students and families, CHS Principal Mary Joscelyn-Gadd urged caution in the final weeks of the school year to avoid upticks in COVID-transmission that could disrupt end-of-the-year events and also reminded students that the normal rules of decorum will be in place for the celebrations.
“Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols in and outside of school,” she wrote. “Your full participation in and our ability to host end-of-year events depends on following school rules and safety protocols.”