Area schools plan graduation ceremonies

Area schools plan graduation ceremonies



As the school year winds down, most area high schools have set graduation plans for the Class of 2021. Here is what area schools are planning:

Meriden

Graduation ceremonies for Maloney and Platt high schools are scheduled for June 10 at 6 p.m. on the schools’ football fields.

Maloney Principal Jennifer Straub said about 325 seniors will graduate together.

“They will wear masks, they will be three feet apart in accordance with guidance from the (Centers for Disease Control) and the state,” Straub said. “At least right now it’s that graduates are three feet apart.”

Straub said each graduate can have four guests that will sit together in separated pods.

Nicole Foster, Platt’s senior class advisor, said they are hoping each graduate can have five to six family members or friends at the event, also in a separated pod. They expect to have room for additional spectators farther away and the event will be live streamed online.

“Normally we would have our backs to the goal post, our backs to Platt, but what I did this year is I changed it horizontally so it’s a wider view, so their backs are going to be to the softball field,” Foster said. “It’s a wider view and there are bleachers outside of the gate there. So if there are extra spectators, they can at least get a better view.”

If there is inclement weather, both ceremonies will be moved to the gym. Straub said if the ceremony is moved inside each graduate can only have one guest because of the size of Maloney’s gymnasium.

At Wilcox Technical High School, there will be three in-person ceremonies outside on June 16, starting at 12:30 p.m. Graduates will be divided into three cohorts.

“On the side of the building is where we set up our staging and our seating,” said Assistant Principal Nelson Rivera. “We’re reverting back to our traditional graduation ceremony, we’re just breaking it down into cohorts and repeating it for three ceremonies.” 

Each graduate can have up to four guests. Everyone at the ceremony will be required to wear a mask. 

Wallingford

For both Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools, graduation ceremonies are scheduled for June 11 at 6 p.m. outdoors on the football fields with a rain date of June 12. 

Sheehan Principal Enzo Zocco said tickets will be limited and the final number per student is still being determined. 

“Students and families will have to wear masks,” Zocco said. “Students will be seated socially distanced from each other. Families will be socially distanced from each other as well.” 

After the ceremonies, a Project Graduation party for students from both high schools is scheduled at Lake Compounce. 

Southington 

Southington High School’s graduation is planned for June 18 at 4 p.m. outside on the football field. Each student will be masked and will sit at least three feet apart.

“The fact that we’re outside every year anyway did make things a little bit easier to make adjustments,” said Assistant Principal Rich Aroian,

Graduates will be allowed two tickets. Guests will sit on the bleachers spaced three feet apart. 

“Parents and guests will be expected to keep their masks on as well,” Aroian said.  

The graduation ceremony will also be live streamed on the Southington High School YouTube channel. 

Cheshire High School is still finalizing graduation plans.


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