The class of 2020's saying is "Time 2 Make History," something this class has certainly done already: the first Drury class go fully online for learning, to have a drive-by graduation, and to have two graduations.
Instead of talking about the challenges the global pandemic has created for the class, the country, and the world, Harrington talked about some of the class's successes and thanked all those who helped along the way.
Wahconah had opted to delay graduation exercises until it was considered safe enough to bring everyone together — a gathering that was still limited because of the novel coronavirus. Everyone wore masks, stayed in their respective "pods" outlined on the field, and stayed 6 feet apart.
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.