Three hundred and fifty-nine Champlain Valley Union high school seniors walked across the stage Friday to receive their diplomas at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, offered words of wisdom to the graduates.
With an indoor venue off the table and a global pandemic touching even the farthest corners of Vermont, Champlain Valley Union High School’s Class of 2020 had a graduation that was non-traditional and unexpected.
Charlotte Central School graduation has elements that remain the same each year: elaborate stage setup with the wobbly white archway; balloons and more balloons; a cake from Mrs. Laberge; a song from the teachers; a slideshow that’s reliable for tears and awwwwws from the audience; the dance.
CVU class of 2020, as your class advisor I know this is not how you expected to finish the final leg of your senior year in your high school journey, in your lifelong journey. This was to be our year, and, with fingers crossed, we were going to make it the best. Ever.
It’s graduation season and I’ve got graduation on the brain. Pre-school. Nursery school. Middle school. High school. GED. Undergraduate. Graduate. Post graduate. Certificate. Continuing Ed. Basic Training. And many more. I think it’s safe to say that most of us know someone who will be graduating or will be graduating ourselves. Graduations are everywhere, they affect most of us this time of year, and they are a BIG DEAL.
“Let’s make this last night count.” – Finnegan Mittlestadt Last Thursday, the gymnasium of CCS was once again filled with families and friends to celebrate the graduating class of 2018.
Lisa Lorenz, principal of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, awarded high school diplomas to 110 graduating seniors during the school’s 59th commencement ceremonies