BAR HARBOR — This year’s graduation ceremony at Mount Desert Island High School will be held in the gymnasium parking lot on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m.
The ceremony will be followed by a parade of cars through the communities in which the graduating seniors live.
To comply with social distancing guidelines, each graduate will be allotted one parking space in the lot between the gym and the baseball field from which they can watch the ceremony with their family. Those who are unable to be present for the ceremony can follow it via radio or live-video stream.
“In keeping with tradition, two students will be chosen to present speeches,” Principal Matt Haney said. “These speeches will be pre-recorded for optimal broadcast and streaming conditions.”
Following the speeches, students will be called to an outdoor stage to receive their diplomas.
“While the spring of 2020 has been full of challenges and disappointments, we have worked very hard to find a way to honor this incredible group of young adults as they transition to the next phase of their lives,” Haney said.
“Particular credit goes to the Advanced Design Thinking class, which took this [graduation] project on as their design challenge for the year. I’m proud of the collaborative work they produced under the leadership of their teachers, Kate Meyer and Jeff Zaman.”
Haney also praised other members of the high school staff for their hard work in support of students over the past few weeks, and he thanked the community at large.
“I’ve been buoyed by the amount of support and love that’s been expressed to the Class of 2020,” he said. “We are blessed to live in a place that cares so deeply for its youth,”