Dare County H.S. graduations set for this week   

By on June 6, 2021

What a difference a year makes

The 2020 graduations required lots of social distancing due to COVID-19. (File photo: Dare County Schools)

Next week will mark the graduation ceremonies for a group of high school seniors who spent the past 15 months learning under the unprecedented conditions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, which first closed classroom doors in March 2020 and led to many students attending school remotely.

  • The First Flight High School graduation will take place on Friday June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Warren Judge Memorial Field on campus.
  • The Manteo High School graduation will take place on June 12 at 9 a.m. at The Lost Colony Waterside Theatre.
  • The Cape Hatteras Secondary School graduation will take place on June 12 at 7 p.m. at the school gymnasium.

One year ago, as school officials and the public debated how to celebrate the 2020 high school seniors amid a pandemic, the graduation logistics were very different.

The “drive-in” ceremonies involved graduates, along with their families and household members, arriving at designated times to receive diplomas and take photographs — scheduled on rotation to adhere to social distancing guidelines that included limiting outdoor mass gatherings to less than 25 people. As a result, the ceremonies at First Flight and Manteo lasted for several days.

In a letter emailed to families in May 2020, while these logistical issues were being thrashed out, Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly wrote that, “I know that this is a stressful time and is frustrating for seniors and their families. We want the same thing — a special send-off for our seniors that they have earned.”

When it comes to that special sendoff, what a difference a year makes,




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