Twin Valley graduates to parade in vehicles

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WHITINGHAM — Not allowed to gather for a traditional graduation ceremony due to crowd restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic, Twin Valley seniors will celebrate on the same day as scheduled but inside of cars in a parade.

"My heart goes out to the Class of 2020," Twin Valley Middle High School Principal Anna Roth said on the school's Facebook page on May 8, when Gov. Phil Scott and Secretary of Education Dan French announced traditional graduation ceremonies would not be held as scheduled because gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. "I am sure that you never envisioned your final semester of high school to go this way. Know that we are proud of you, we celebrate you, and we are unbelievably proud of all that you have (and will) accomplish."

The Vermont Agency of Education encouraged schools "to plan creatively with their communities for opportunities to celebrate milestones and graduations in ways that are safe and supportive of students and their achievements."

For planning alternative celebrations, Roth met with seniors and a school advisor. She shared plans with the Reformer on Friday.

A senior parade in vehicles will be held at 1 p.m. June 6 at the Old School Community Center in Wilmington, formerly home to Twin Valley High School. The date is the same one originally planned for graduation.

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"Police will assist and have already provided guidelines to be shared with students/family members/attendees," Roth said in an email.

The graduation ceremony is postponed to 1 p.m. July 25. Roth said the format will be decided closer to the date and will depend on the most current restrictions.

One option is to have a "drive-in" ceremony at Hayford Field in Wilmington. Another is to go "completely virtual."

Also, Roth is highlighting two seniors each day by posting profiles on the Twin Valley social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at and at @CMaysBR on Twitter.


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