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Clarification on Graduation

We know you have a lot of questions and concerns about graduation for the class of 2020. The District is preparing a virtual graduation to ensure that we honor the class of 2020 in a timely manner. However, we’d like to let you know that the school will also plan a future event to honor the graduates in person once the Covid-19 social distancing requirements are either lifted or modified.

Here, we will clarify what the events of June 10 and June 19 will provide for seniors and their families, and to reassure you of how we plan to preserve as many traditions as possible for these students.

If you have more questions or concerns after reading this, please reach out to SHS2020@SouthbridgePublic.org.

Overview

Students and their families are welcome to arrive at

Southbridge High School (132 Torrey Road) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m on June 10. You will receive your cap and gown, any pins, cords or other awards, and your diploma. You will also get one free professional photo with the option to purchase more. This will be offered in digital format.

These activities will be filmed for a video that will include your peers receiving their diplomas, along with graduation speeches, photos from the school year, and much more. The video will be presented to the community on June 19 and seniors will get a copy of the video.

Here are some more specific details about what to expect on June 10 and June 19. We want to answer your questions and provide you with the best graduation experience possible under the circumstances.

What is going to happen on June 10?

Graduating seniors are invited to come to Southbridge High School (132 Torrey Road) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 10. Seniors can arrive with their families. Everything described here happens outside, in front of the entrances to the middle high school.

  • Seniors will receive their cap and gown on the middle school side of the building. Students will be dropped off on this side of the building and families will park in the loop next to the gym. Families can watch students cross the stage and receive their diploma in front of the building. Your class advisor or other staff will help you to get into the cap and gown, along with any cords, pins, or other honors that apply. If you have any handicap access needs, please contact SHS2020@SouthbridgePublic.org as soon as possible or tell staff when you arrive.

  • After getting your cap and gown, you will move on to receive your diploma from Principal Danby. Principal Danby will place the diploma on a table, and you will pick it up. You will have a video taken while you receive your diploma in your cap and gown. Your family is welcome to watch and take pictures. Families should keep all social distancing requirements in mind. Please keep a distance of six feet from anyone who is not in your household and wear a mask.

  • You will then move to a location closer to the high school side of the building where Mr. Mather will film you taking part in the tradition of flipping your tassel from one side to the other and throwing your cap in the air.

  • From here, you will go over to the professional photographer, who will take your photo of you and/or your family. The photographer will give you contact information about how to get your photo and order more photos if you’d like.

Between June 10 and June 12:

  • Graduating seniors should decorate their graduation caps however they like. Send pictures of your decorated caps to SHS2020@SouthbridgePublic.org to be included in the graduation video by June 12. This is your chance to express yourself and to preserve another graduation tradition.

What is going to happen June 19?

A video will be presented to the community to honor the class of 2020 and all the hard work that has allowed you to graduate. Seniors, their families, and the entire community will have opportunities to view this on Southbridge Community Television, Facebook, and YouTube.

Seniors and their families will receive a copy of this video. This video will include the following elements, and more:

  • Video from each student receiving their diploma on June 10

  • Video of every student flipping their tassel

  • Traditional graduation speakers such as valedictorian, salutatorian, guest speakers, and more.

  • Photos and reflections on the class of 2020

If you have any remaining questions, please reach out to SHS2020@southbridgepublic.org.

You can also download this notice by clicking here.

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