In the wake of Governor Charles D. Baker Jr.’s order to close schools across Massachusetts for the remainder of the school year, Mashpee Public Schools have postponed graduation until Saturday, July 25.
In a letter to the district’s families and school staff, Superintendent Patricia M. DeBoer said the decisions to postpone the ceremony and hold it outside were made while conferring with the board of health.
In an email, Ms. DeBoer said she anticipates that graduates will have to be socially distanced during the ceremony, and each graduate may receive his/her diploma from a parent or pick it up from a display table.
Ms. DeBoer said that the guidelines in place for the acceptable size of group gatherings will determine the number of guests who can attend the ceremony.
The district is working with Health Agent Glen Harrington on planning the event, Ms. DeBoer said. Mr. Harrington anticipates that by the time of the ceremony, the restrictions on groups to curb the spread of coronavirus will accommodate this plan, Ms. DeBoer said.
Mashpee school events that coincide with graduation have been postponed and modified, as well.
Mashpee’s senior week activities will take place from Monday to Friday, July 20 to 24. The seniors’ “walk of honor” will take place as a vehicle parade on July 24. Plans are still in the works for the annual scholarship night, when seniors receiving local scholarships are announced. Ms. DeBoer said in her letter to families and staff that the event will take place on an evening between July 20 and July 24, or may be combined with graduation.