By Michael Gagne
SOUTHINGTON — Southington High School's class of 2020 will graduate on Saturday, Aug. 8, school officials announced Thursday.
The graduation, planned as four staggered socially distanced events on the football field, previously had been scheduled for Friday, but needed to be pushed back as a result of widespread damage as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias and because of unfavorable weather forecasts that show expected rain throughout the day.
As previously planned, the sessions still will be held at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Graduates will gather in alphabetically arranged groups.
“If weather forces a postponement of any session, we will post it on the SPS website and also send an e-mail to all parents,” read a notice posted to the Southington High School website.
Parents and their graduates are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of their ceremonies and to check in at a table that will be set up in front of the Southington High School building.
Officials advised that audience members will be required to wear a mask during the ceremonies. Areas available to sit will be marked with an X along the home side of the football field bleachers.
Southington officials noted at the peak of Tropical Storm Isaias, on Tuesday, more than 10,000 residents had experienced power outages. As of Thursday evening, more than 6,200 Eversource customers in town were still without power.