Information about the Drury Graduation Parade and Summer Commencement Event
As indicated in previous messages, we are planning to hold two senior events this year: (1) a graduation parade on June 11th that will feature many elements of our traditional “Class Night,” and (2) a late-summer commencement celebration. The Drury administration has worked with the senior class officers to schedule the summer commencement celebration for August 5, 2020 (with a rain date for August 7th). As we cannot predict the future of the Coronavirus pandemic, please note that this summer commencement celebration is dependent on local health and safety requirements at that time and has the risk of being cancelled if the restrictions are not lifted.
For the June 11 Graduation Parade
Students should wear their caps and gowns to the parade event. Families should feel free to decorate their vehicle for the parade! Only one vehicle is permitted per family. If a student has a second immediate family requiring a second vehicle they may request permission to include another vehicle in the parade by emailing Mr. Callahan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr. Caproni (email@example.com). It is recommended that students do not drive the vehicle. Families who do not have access to a vehicle for the parade should also email Mr. Callahan and Mr. Caproni and we will make sure to provide transportation.
Students participating in the parade must arrive by 5:00 PM on June 11th in the Price Chopper parking lot in North Adams. Mr. Caproni will check in with each vehicle and distribute gold tassels and honor sashes for the students who qualify.
The parade will begin from the Price Chopper parking lot, travel through North Adams (with a route to be verified by public safety), and conclude at Drury High School where vehicles will be directed by staff to line up in the school parking lot. During the parade, we will broadcast speeches to the Class of 2020 from the salutatorian, valedictorian, principal, superintendent, and mayor.
Each vehicle, in order, will be directed from the lower lot, up through the parking lot and will enter the bus loop as directed by the dean of students. Once in front of the Drury building, the student will step out and pick up any awards, scholarships, and a gift to the class that will be arrayed on the table. We will announce the student name and awards and scholarships via our public address system. The student’s diploma will also be available on the table. The student may pose for photos with the diploma and take it home with them or leave it on the table for later pick up at the August commencement celebration. A professional photographer will be on hand to take photographs at Drury on June 11th, and parents/family may also step out of their car in the bus loop to take photographs of their student. Teachers may also be in attendance, seated in a socially-distanced fashion on Drury grounds to wave at cars waiting to move through the bus loop.
For the August 5th Commencement Celebration
We project, based on current state guidance, that our August 5th event (with an August 7th rain date) will be limited to the Class of 2020, a small group of staff members, and two family members per student, and students should plan accordingly.
More details on the August 5th commencement celebration will follow, but we anticipate using Joe Wolfe field for the outdoor event, with a stage set up for students to walk across (after their name is called) wearing their caps and gowns, flipping their tassels and picking up their diplomas off a table if they have not already done so (or waving their diplomas in the air if they are bringing their diplomas with them). Though we cannot replicate a full traditional graduation ceremony at the outdoor event and we will be limited to what health and safety guidelines allow, the August 5th commencement ceremony will be an opportunity to gather as a class (socially-distanced) with a limited number of family members in attendance, cheering as the students walk across the outdoor stage.
It is important to note that if the August 5th (or August 7th) event cannot occur due to health and safety guidance, we will not be able to reschedule for a later date and we will mail home any diplomas that had not been picked up previously.
We sincerely hope the conditions will allow us to have the commencement celebration on August 5th and we will plan with that date in mind.