The ceremony was held while adhering to strict social distancing guidelines in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of school buildings in mid-March. Local high schools have been doing some innovative ceremonies to make up for the class's forfeiture of so many senior year activities.
Lee High graduated 53 seniors Friday evening during a compromised graduation ceremony affected, like many others, by the COVID-19 pandemic. But class speaker Taggart Roosa found the football field quite fitting.
Vehicles festooned with balloons and congratulatory messages drove up to "Mother Drury on the hill"; from each a graduate disembarked to walk the blue carpet to collect plaques and diplomas set out on a table as any scholarships and awards were announced, posed for pictures, got back into the vehicle and down the hill.
Like so many other high schools, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to consider alternative graduation scenarios. School officials have pledged that Taconic and Pittsfield High School will have a celebration later in the summer when circumstances safely permit.
Speaking in a prerecorded graduation video broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television, Duval told the 180 members of the class of 2020 they had a right to be angry and sad that the pandemic had disrupted their final months and canceled the traditional pomp and circumstance.
But Mount Greylock Regional School's class of 2020 soldiered on and pulled off a memorable "drive through" graduation that went off without a hitch and slightly ahead of schedule as the school sent 84 newly minted grads riding off into the sunshine.
Like high school seniors across the country, Mount Greylock's class of 2020 finds itself locked out of its school at a time when it should be gathering in the gym to celebrate its accomplishments inside that building.
Mount Greylock Regional School is looking forward to honoring its 84 seniors with a hybrid graduation. Featured speakers this year are Nicole Overbaugh and Toby Foehl. Overbaugh was chosen by her peers and Foehl by the faculty.
Mary Hines, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2020, will speak at the PHS' virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7. The event will be aired by Pittsfield Community Television at 1 p.m.