MAHOPAC, N.Y. -The Mahopac School District, along with town officials, has revealed plans to hold a graduation ceremony and a parade for the Class of 2020 while respecting the governor’s executive order regarding formal gatherings and social distancing.
The week of June 22-26 has been dubbed “Blue and Gold” week in honor of the Class of 2020. It will kick off on Monday, June 22, with a graduation ceremony at the high school practice field (behind the football field) in the style of a drive-in movie.
Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo said vehicles with the graduates and their guests will drive onto the field and line up in rows before a dais. School administers, including DiCarlo and high school principal Dr. Matthew Lawrence, will give speeches while maintaining social distancing. As the graduates’ names are announced, DiCarlo said the grads could step out of their cars and wave--=though those details are still being worked out
“There are a couple of different variations, and we are still working on the details,” DiCarlo said. “But we will all be together at the same time, and we are happy we can do this for the Class of 2020.”
DiCarlo said that scheduling the ceremony for the Monday of Blue and Gold Week affords them the opportunity to reschedule later in the week in case of inclement weather.
On Friday, June 26, the town, with an assist from the school district, will hold a parade in honor of the graduates.
Supervisor Ken Schmitt said the parade will start off on Route 6 near Villa Barone Hilltop Manor and will use the banquet hall’s parking lot as a staging area.
“We are calling it the ‘Parade of Seniors’ and it will step off at 6:30 p.m.,” Schmitt said.
Seniors, wearing their caps and gowns, will ride in a car with at least one parent, who must be driving. Spectators will also remain in their vehicles and can park along the shoulders of Route 6.
The procession will move east and a reviewing stand will be set up at the intersection of routes 6 and 6N in front of the Spain building. Schmitt, DiCarlo, Lawrence, and possibly some other administrators will be maintaining social distancing on the reviewing stand and announce each senior as they pass and where they are going to college (or vocational school or military, etc.).
The Sheriff’s Department will lead the parade with two motorcycles and there will be fire trucks at the beginning and end of the procession. The parade will end at the Mahopac firehouse at the intersection of Route 6 and Croton Falls Road.
“We will be asking businesses to decorate their buildings in blue and gold with balloons and streamers, ribbons and signs,” Schmitt said.
DiCarlo praised the collaborative efforts between the school district and the town.
“We both looked at it and planned it together,” he said. “The Mahopac Way is joining with the town to celebrate. It’s been a difficult spring, and we are excited to be able to do this for the seniors. This is what Mahopac is all about.”
Schmitt said the town will hold a smiler parade in the Hamlet of Carmel for Carmel High School seniors.
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