NEW BRITAIN – Over 500 seniors will be receiving their diplomas through four ceremonies Thursday and Friday, including students from New Britain High School, the high school’s Satellite Careers Academy and Brookside School.
“Each graduating class is special, but the New Britain High School Class of 2020 will forever be remembered like none other,” said Damon Pearce, principal of New Britain High School. “The character and dignity that they have shown in giving up so much for the greater good of their community gives me great hope for a future with them as our leaders. We will balance our desire to honor every student while providing the safest possible environment for the community to celebrate them in the way they deserve.”
The four ceremonies are identical and will take place at Willow Brook Park. The ceremonies will also be streamed live on the Consolidated School District of New Britain’s media platforms, reminiscent of a drive-in, with large LED screens and amplified speakers placed throughout the lot. It will include both virtual and in-person speakers, and vehicles will be separated from each other by at least one parking space. Students will also be able to walk across the stage to receive their diploma.
Superintendent Nancy Sarra said due to the current circumstances, it is unfortunate they are unable to hold a traditional ceremony.
“We know that a drive-in ceremony cannot replicate or replace that, but we are doing all we can to ensure that it is an event worth celebrating and one that our students will be proud of,” she said.
All attendees are asked to maintain proper social distancing guidelines and there will also be signs throughout the parking lot to remind everyone of the statewide standards. Due to space restrictions and social distancing recommendations, only one vehicle per family is permitted and attendees can only arrive in standard vehicles. No recreational or oversized vehicles will be permitted.
The Class of 2020 should be honored for what they have accomplished in these unprecedented times, said John Mayette, principal of Satellite Careers Academy.
“Their ability to persevere and adapt to these most trying and uncertain times speaks volumes about their character and their desire to succeed,” he said. “I am especially proud of the SCA students who find themselves facing yet another obstacle, but who have found a way to rise above it. Although this may be a non-traditional graduation, I believe we will be able to celebrate all the students and demonstrate our respect for their hard work and willingness to succeed.”
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