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HVRHS graduation will be at Lime Rock Park

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School will hold a socially distant graduation ceremony at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, June 21, at 4 p.m.

Principal Ian Strever announced the plan at the June 1 meeting of the Region One School District Board of Education.

Students (and family members) will come to the track’s gate on White Hollow Road at 3:30 p.m., where they will be directed to a staging area for temperature screening using hand-held infrared thermometers.

Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.8 degrees F will be taken out of the line and to a nearby location for additional screening.

As they pass through the checkpoint, drivers will receive a credential from the track and an event program.

Just before 4 p.m., drivers will proceed to the track’s straightaway and finish line, where track staff will arrange the cars facing the grandstand.

A ceremony will take place from the flagging platform that will include the superintendent, principal and three student speakers, all speaking from the same location, with a covering over the microphone that will be replaced after each speaker. The principal will then read the names of the graduates, all of whom (with the exception of the speakers) will remain in their cars throughout the ceremony. 

Lastly, the class president will read the Oath of Athenian Youth. 

Upon completion of the ceremony, students will follow Lime Rock staff directions to exit the facility in parade fashion and proceed to the high school via routes 7 and 126 in Falls Village to Warren Turnpike Road and the high school.

Faculty will be positioned around the oval (at 6 foot increments and wearing appropriate protective masks) to wave goodbye to the graduates. 

Each car will stop at the front steps, where the student will get out to receive the diploma from the assistant principal and have a photo taken. 

The cars will then exit the oval, proceed to the stop light on Route 7, and disperse.

The ceremonies are limited to the graduating students and family members in their cars. There will be no accommodations made for spectators at any of the locations. The ceremony will be streamed on Facebook.

In a phone interview Monday morning, June 1, Strever said the idea for using the track for the bulk of the ceremony came from Lime Rock Park.


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