June 2, 2020 – Seniors from both Colonel Richardson High School (CRHS) and North Caroline High School (NCHS) have had an unusual graduation season. Because of the restrictions of COVID-19, students, staff, and families have had to work hard to celebrate seniors in creative and innovative ways.
North Caroline High School’s Virtual Graduation viewing is set for Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 6:00 pm and may be viewed at Vimeo Live Stream.
Both virtual graduations required extensive planning and preparation. Speeches by students, staff and board members, along with activities such as ‘turning the tassel’, were filmed throughout the course of two days, and combined with slideshows of senior photos, honors, and activities. Seniors, families, staff, and the community should tune in at 6:00 pm on their respective nights to enjoy graduation ‘separately but together.’
In addition to a virtual graduation, seniors have been celebrated in other ways:
- The towns, businesses, and communities congratulated seniors with yard signs, banners, window posters, marquee signs, social media posts, parades and donations.
- Over the course of many days, seniors individually walked across the stage and received a diploma (sleeve). A professional photographer was on hand to commemorate the event, and the Caroline County Commissioners provided the funding for each senior to receive a copy of that photo. Throughout the event, seniors and families were provided opportunities for informal photos.
- A video of each student crossing the stage is being created, and will be made available online.
- After their walk, seniors were invited to sign banners at their respective schools.
- CCPS provided the funding for congratulatory yard signs. Each school designed and ordered two signs for each student, one to have at home and one for display at a school.
- Seniors were encouraged to decorate their graduation caps with a favorite quote, images of cultural significance, or elements that represented their future plans.
- At CRHS, students received duffel bags which contained letters and cards written by staff and families, gift cards donated by local businesses, and prizes that had been collected by the After Prom Committee.
- NCHS students received gift bags from the Class of 2020 and the Student Government Association. The bags included gift cards, funny gifts, and t-shirts decorated with every senior’s signature.
- Each school created a drive-thru day for seniors to pick up their actual diplomas, awards and belongings, which provided another photo opportunity. Some graduates arrived in decorated cars and posed with balloons provided by the school.
“High school staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure seniors feel special and celebrated in as many ways as possible,” Superintendent Patty Saelens said. “As always, our community provided their love and support too. Even under the most difficult of circumstances, everyone came together to do as much as possible, as safely as possible, for the Class of 2020.”