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Monomoy Regional High School to hold modified graduation ceremony for Class of 2020

The public health guidelines and restrictions put in place by the COVD-19 outbreak meant that many traditional senior year activities were not possible for the Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2020, including the senior trip, spring sports, convocation, and a large traditional graduation ceremony surrounded by family and friends. However, thanks to some creative planning on the part of Monomoy administrators, working collaboratively with Harwich town officials, MRHS seniors will be able to have senior week celebrations, culminating in a modified in-person graduation ceremony with their peers.

After surveying the Class of 2020, the MRHS team found that there was a strong desire for students to celebrate this milestone together at their school, if at all possible, even if that meant they had to compromise in other aspects. By working closely with Harwich Interim Town Administrator Joe Powers and Board of Health Director Meggan Eldredge, Monomoy Superintendent Scott Carpenter and MRHS Principal Bill Burkhead were able to devise a plan that met the town’s guidelines for safety and social distancing, and would still allow for a graduation ceremony at Monomoy Regional High School. 

The 2020 MRHS graduation will be held June 23, 2020, in the athletic stadium behind the school. A chair for each student will be placed at least six feet apart, diplomas will be set on the seats, and all chairs and diplomas will be fully sanitized prior to the ceremony. Students will be asked to wear masks and sanitize their hands upon arrival. The ceremony will be open in person to students only, with theater-like graduation speeches and introductions virtually presented on a giant screen. The entire event will be live streamed for families, friends, and community members to enjoy from the safety of their homes. Convocation will be combined with graduation, with scholarships announced at the June 23 ceremony. 

“While it’s difficult to hold a graduation ceremony without families in attendance, we listened to our students’ voices and worked hard to arrive at a plan that could meet some of their wishes,” said Monomoy Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter. “These challenging times require us all to make some sacrifices. We are so pleased to have received approval from the town of Harwich to hold a modified graduation ceremony that will allow our seniors to have one last time together before they head out into the world.” 

Leading up to graduation, there will be a number of Senior Week activities, including photo contests, special slideshows, a senior car parade, and home delivery of caps and gowns by MRHS administrators.

The Monomoy Regional High School Class of 2020 graduation will be held under the lights on the athletic field at MRHS on June 23, 2020 at 8 p.m., and will be live-streamed for families and the public to view from home.