Event Remains Contingent on State’s COVID-19 Guidance
RAYMOND — Superintendent Tina McCoy and Raymond High School Principal Steve Woodward announce the tentative plan for the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony.
On Wednesday, May 6, the Raymond School Board voted to move this year’s graduation ceremony to Friday, July 17. This date was chosen after a survey was sent to students and their families in mid-April, but is subject to change depending on how the situation surrounding COVID-19 progresses.
“Our seniors have worked hard and we are looking forward to celebrating their achievements the best way we can given the current situation,” Principal Woodward said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and shape the ceremony in a way that protects the safety of staff, students and their loved ones.”
The Raymond High School Graduation Advisory Committee — which consists of school staff, students and parents — will continue to meet and discuss the different ways to host the graduation ceremony. While the hope is to hold a traditional graduation ceremony, other options, such as a social distance outdoor or drive-in ceremony, are being considered.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work students have done throughout their academic career to get to this point, and applaud the creativity and ingenuity of all who are looking to put together the best graduation ceremony possible to celebrate this significant achievement in our students’ lives,” said Superintendent McCoy. “I look forward to celebrating with students and their families at the ceremony, however it may be held.”
Information about the ceremony will be shared in the weekly Ram Reminders and posted to the school calendar when it becomes available, both of which can be found on the Raymond High School website.
On April 16, Gov. Chris Sununu announced that school facilities statewide would remain closed and students would participate in remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Facilities initially closed in March and students began their remote lessons at that times.
The extended closure of schools is an unprecedented step in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 and continuing the practice of social distancing as more positive cases and deaths are announced in the state each day.
The last day of school for preschool and kindergarten students is Friday, May 29, and the last day for all other students in the district is Friday, June 5.