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Class of 2020 Updates 5/18/20

Good afternoon,

I hope this communication finds you safe and well. This message contains important information

regarding 3 senior activities including graduation. While some of the details are yet to be determined,

it is important to share the information we have to date.

Each of these activities focus on honoring our graduating seniors in the Class of 2020. As you can imagine, the logistics for each of these events are challenging as we must adhere to strict social distancing directives as set forth by Governor Scott and Secretary French from the Agency of Education.

When possible, the planning of each event has included numerous groups: HU administration and Superintendent Nease, the senior class teacher advisors, the Class of 2020 student council, the Harwood Facilities department and the HU graduation coordinators. Honoring the Class of 2020 and upholding as many Harwood traditions has been in the forefront of all our planning.

We are very proud of our seniors, we miss them immensely and we look forward to celebrating all they have accomplished.

Events:

Tuesday, May 26 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m -HU Parking Lot - Senior Banner, Caps and Gowns

We have ordered a banner for each senior and we plan to give them out along with caps and gowns

at this time. In order to provide this opportunity to honor our seniors, we will need everyone’s help.

We will have very strict guidelines that we must adhere to regarding safety and social distancing.

We will implement the following:

● 1 vehicle per senior - please no exceptions.

● Masks must be worn when receiving the banner and caps and gowns.

● Seniors are to arrive at HU for 6:00 p.m.

● We will have designated meeting spots, by TA, that will identify the parking area for each

vehicle.

● Everyone must stay in their vehicle.

● If a senior can not attend, we will make arrangements to get their banner and cap and gown

to them.

More information will be sent prior to Tuesday, May 26.


WCAX -Honoring Seniors across Vermont

WCAX will be recognizing the graduates from local high schools across Vermont. This will air June 5-12. The HU administration and the senior teacher advisors have prepared a video message that will be played as the names of our graduating seniors are displayed. I will try to learn the exact date HU will be featured and will share that when/if I have that information.

Graduation 2020 Harwood Union will be holding graduation for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am at Harwood Union. I met with the senior class council earlier today and they are pleased with our plans. The class council will be organizing a few additional pieces to graduation and we are very excited

about the possibilities.

● 1 vehicle per senior - please no exceptions.

● Masks must be worn.


● Everyone must remain in their vehicles.

● Our plan is to honor as many of the traditions as possible as we celebrate our seniors.

○ Bagpipes

○ Speeches

○ Music

○ Graduates walking across a stage to get their diploma

● We are planning to have the ceremony broadcasted over the radio so everyone in vehicles

and others not in attendance will be able to hear the ceremony.

● We will videotape the gradation and a copy will be shared with all graduates.

● We will have a photographer taking pictures as each graduate receives their diploma.

● As we determine additional details, updated information will be shared.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa Atwood

Principal

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