Graduation 2021 Information

Dear Parents/Families of the Class of 2021,

I hope that this informational email finds you well and ready to celebrate your child's accomplishments over these next few days (and maybe weeks!)

I am writing to detail all of the particulars for Saturday's Graduation Ceremony.  I will be sending out a video presentation tomorrow for all of those that prefer or enjoy a visual of the day as well. 

 

THE PARTICULARS:

  • The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.  The forecast is calling for sunny skies, so at this point, I feel confident in stating that we will not need to activate our rain date. 
  • Gates to the field will open at 8:45 a.m.
  • Seating on the field is for guests with a ticket.  Each graduate was given six tickets for field access.  All other guests are welcome to sit in our bleachers, which will be open to all. 
  • Seats on the field are arranged in blocks of six, with each block distanced from another.  Families/guests of graduates should be seated together in a block of six, even if the group is less than six.  
  • Please do not move seats from one block to another, as our seats are placed in protective tracking to preserve the turf field. 
  • Please be mindful of the tracking and watch your step.  

COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

  • The guidelines below have been set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Governor Baker.
  • Because our event is outdoors, masks are optional for all attendees - guests and graduates alike.
  • Guests in the bleachers should distance themselves from other families when feasible. 
  • The DESE is asking schools to keep the ceremony as brief as possible.  We are not shortening the actual ceremony so as not to take away from the moment that our graduates deserve.  However, one suggestion made is to not allow pre and post-ceremony gatherings.  This was the case last year as well, and we understand that this may limit photo opportunities at the school, but we know that you join us in appreciating the opportunity to host an in-person ceremony with many other restrictions lifted.  We feel that removing pre and post-ceremony gatherings is a worthy trade-off.  

FOR THE STUDENTS:

  • We have asked our students to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and report directly to the practice fields
  • Students know that they should park in the student (side) lot, starting around the back of the school and filling in the spaces around the side. 
  • We have asked students to dress appropriately for the occasion, balancing the formal ceremony with the potentially warm weather.  We have particularly cautioned our graduates about their footwear, keeping in mind that they will be navigating the terrain of a grass practice field and a ramp during the ceremony.  Shoes with particularly high heels may prove problematic.  

PARENT PARKING and COMPLEX ENTRANCE:

  • As I noted earlier, gates to the field will be opened at 8:45 a.m.
  • The Pembroke Police Department will be on Learning Lane, directing parents to open parking areas.  Officers will begin parking guests in the student (side) lot, and then use the faculty (front) lot once the student lot fills up.  After that, the police will direct guests to the lot at Hobomock Elementary School and our practice fields as needed.  
  • Handicapped parking is around the back of the school, near the gymnasium closest to the athletic complex.  To access those spaces, enter through the student (side) lot and drive all the way around back.  Members of our staff will be there to assist you. 
  • To comply with state guidelines, we ask that all guests report directly to the athletic complex after they have parked their vehicles. Again, we must limit gatherings. 
  • Guests can enter the field through the main gates near the concession stand/ticket booth.
  • We will have tables set up outside that entrance for guests to show their tickets.  Remember, all guests must present a ticket to enter the field, and we thank you for your cooperation. Those without a ticket can access the bleacher-seating through that separate gate. 
  • Seating on the field is first-come-first-served, and we will have National Honor Society Students assisting families find open seating.

PHOTOGRAPHS:

  • We are pleased to report that a representative from LifeTouch, our school photographer, will be back this year after a one-year absence (COVID).  Parents will have the opportunity to view and purchase photos of their child receiving his or her diploma.
  • We ask that all guests refrain from leaving the seating area to try and take pictures during the ceremony. 

RECESSIONAL and EXITING:

  • Again, in keeping with state guidelines, we must have an orderly exit that takes steps to limit crowding. 
  • The students and faculty/dignitaries will exit first.  We ask all guests to remain seated until the Recessional has completely exited the field.
  • After exiting the field, students will continue directly to the student parking lot, where they should return to their cars and head out. 
  • We will then ask guests to exit via the gate closest to their seating, reporting to their vehicles and heading out. We will review this process with families on Saturday morning at the start of the ceremony.  

As I said earlier, later tomorrow I will send a link to an informational video presentation, which will cover these same topics and provide a few visuals of the seating layout and our students' movements during the ceremony.  

 

Finally, as some of you may have heard, I will not be at our Graduation Ceremony on Saturday morning.  My youngest son, Ryan, will be graduating from Braintree High School at the exact same time.  This same situation happened two years ago when my daughter Kayla graduated, and while I hate to miss participating in your child's graduation, Ms. Kelley, who is the assistant principal for the Class of 2021, will do a wonderful job facilitating the ceremony on Saturday. 

 

Congratulations to all of our graduates and their proud families. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

 

Regards,

Marc

 

Marc Talbot, Principal