Graduation 2020

 

General Information

The 2020 Commencement will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 9 a.m. on the turf in front of The Revers Center for Science and Visual Arts. We have set the following day (Wednesday, July 22) as a rain date. 

We are excited to be able to offer this on-campus commencement ceremony to the members of the Class of 2020. Due to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Graduation Guidelines, this year’s commencement will be somewhat different from past years. For example, attendance will be limited to just graduates and their parents, and we will have to forgo the traditional cap toss by the flagpole. But despite these limitations, we are grateful to be able to offer our seniors the opportunity to be on campus together as we celebrate this important milestone in their lives.

Family and friends who will not be able to attend the event in person will be able to view it in real time via a high-quality live stream. Shortly after the conclusion of the ceremony, a video recording of the event will be made available for on-demand viewing.

Please note that certain logistics for this event are still being finalized. Please check back here frequently for new information and to keep abreast of updates we might need to make in response to changes in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Questions?

If you have questions or special requests, please contact Amy Dunne, director of parent programs and special events, at a.dunne@rivers.org.

Graduation FAQs

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  • What kind of COVID-19 protocols are being followed?

    We are following the High School Graduation Guidelines from DPH/HHS to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 from the Commonwealth. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and to remain at least six feet from others at all times. It is also highly recommended that you wear gloves and eyewear. You must complete the health attestation form on Monday, July 20 by 8:30 p.m. to be admitted to graduation.
  • Are we required to RSVP?

    We will only be able to allow people into the event if they RSVP'd in advance and bring their ticket. The RSVP deadline has passed. Tickets will be sent via email to those who have RSVP'd a couple of days before graduation.
  • Will there be a rehearsal?

    There will be a webinar for students and families on Tuesday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. A registration link has been sent to parents/guardians and graduates.
  • Can I bring extra guests?

    Unfortunately, due to social distancing concerns, each graduate will only be allowed to bring their parents or guardians. We also recommend that anyone who falls into a high-risk group for COVID-19 not attend the ceremony.
  • Will graduation be live streamed and recorded?

    Family and friends who will not be able to attend the event in person will be able to view it in real time via a high-quality live stream. Shortly after the conclusion of the ceremony, a video recording of the event will be made available for on-demand viewing.
  • What happens if it rains?

    We have set the following day (Wednesday, July 22) as a rain date. If we need to use this rain date, parents will hear from us via robocall, text message, and email on Monday afternoon.
  • What is the plan for parking?

    Everyone will be assigned to a specific parking lot, please see a map of the parking lots here. Your parking lot can be found on your ticket as your ticket type. There are four ticket types: Conservatory, MacDowell, The Revers Center, and Turf. After parking, all attendees will be asked to go directly to the field and take their seats. For safety reasons, social mingling before and after the ceremony will not be allowed.
  • What is the seating plan?

    Graduates and their guests will sit together on the field, at a safe distance from other family groups. All seating assignments will be made in advance and sent out to families a few days ahead of time on their electronic ticket. Ushers will help you find your way to your seat upon your arrival.
  • Will graduates wear their caps and gowns?

    Yes, graduates should wear their caps and gowns. For comfort’s sake, we would encourage graduates to wear light clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts, under their gowns, as we will not have a tent to block the heat of the sun. A reminder: we will have to forgo the traditional cap toss by the flagpole.
  • Will students process into the ceremony?

    Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a traditional procession, due to the complexity of safely organizing such an event. All graduates will be seated with their guests upon their arrival on campus. We will ask graduates to stand at their seat during the playing of Pomp and Circumstance.
  • Will faculty be in attendance?

    For safety reasons, most faculty will not be allowed to attend. However, we do expect a dozen or more faculty members will be on hand to help manage the event.
  • How will students receive their diploma?

    Students will be able to receive their diploma on stage.
  • Will I be able to see the stage?

    Yes, everyone will be able to see the stage and we also have a large LED screen to ensure adequate visibility.
  • Can I take photos?

    You are welcome to take photos from your seat, but you will not be able to move around to take photos. We will have a professional photographer on hand to capture the moment that your graduate receives their diploma and these photos will be made available after the event.
  • Why are we holding commencement on The Revers Center Quad?

    Due to the state’s social-distancing guidelines, we need to hold the ceremony in an area big enough to allow us to ensure proper social distancing space between all attendees.
  • Will there be a tent?

    No, a tent is not permitted under the state’s guidelines.
  • Will restrooms be available?

    Yes, both MacDowell and The Revers Center buildings will be open so that people can use the restrooms.
  • Will there be any food served?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to serve food, though we will have water bottles available at each seat. For safety reasons, social mingling before and after the ceremony will not be allowed.