NPHS announces alternative graduation plans

NPHS announces alternative graduation plans

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Every graduating senior will be given the opportunity to walk across the stage to receive their diploma this year, however they will not do so in a packed auditorium.

Instead, according to the plan released by school officials, graduates will be given a time slot during which they will cross the stage at North Providence High School, joined by two guests. Videos of seniors graduating will be spliced together with pre-recorded graduation speeches for a virtual ceremony.

North Providence officials also announced virtual ceremonies for National Honor Society inductees on May 21, senior honors night on May 28 and the athletics banquet on June 2.

On June 3, 4 and 5, students will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus or risk factors before entering the high school auditorium to cross the stage one by one. Seniors will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken in their cap and gown, but are asked to then immediately return to their vehicles.

The virtual commencement ceremony is scheduled for June 10 at 7 p.m., to be held via Zoom. Officials said they’re hoping to adhere to every tradition possible during the ceremony, including speeches.

NPHS Principal Christen Magill said the end-of-year ceremonies planned for seniors came together through a months-long collaboration between administrators, class advisors, teachers and senior class officers.

“We understand that seniors and their families are disheartened over all of the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon us. Our student-graduates have all worked hard to get to this point, and we are committed to celebrating their accomplishments in the best ways possible through multiple events, including a high-quality virtual graduation ceremony,” she said.

Magill said the decisions were not easy, not made lightly, and that the goal throughout the process is “to stand together in support to celebrate the class of 2020, with enthusiasm and pride from the entire North Providence community.”