HHS announces graduation ceremony changes due to COVID-19

Olivia Cohen, Editor-in-Chief

Via email, on Tuesday, May 19, it was announced that 2020’s graduation ceremony would be celebrated through a car parade, instead of a typical ceremony in the Lindbergh center. 

This decision is just one of the many events canceled, postponed or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the email, sent from Doug Bullinger, principal, and addressed to seniors, parents and guardians, it walks through what the makeshift “ceremony” will entail, in regards to when and how the event will take place. 

2020 graduation will be held on the same date as originally planned, June 4, and will consist of car parades in the HHS parking lot. 

Families will be welcomed by Hopkins faculty, whom will be present as diplomas are awarded and student representation flags displayed. According to Bullinger, the car parade will include many proponents that typical HHS graduations have, including the annual Graduate walk, where graduates walk through their elementary schools. 

In addition to and after the car parade, during the evening of June 4, HHS is working to seek bids on local radio stations to air pre-recorded graduation speeches, reading of student names and the playing of Pomp & Circumstance. 

Come July 2020, HHS will potentially be hosting a seniors only dance at the Lafayette Club. Due to the unknown future of the pandemic, the current date of Thursday, July 16 is still up in the air.