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Superintendent encourages residents to attend HHS graduation parade Saturday

by | May 29, 2020 | Education, Featured Front Page

Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh is encouraging Hopkinton residents to line the streets tomorrow to cheer on the Hopkinton High School Class of 2020 during its rolling graduation parade. The event falls on the same weekend when graduation exercises originally were scheduled.

Wrote Cavanaugh in an email to the schools community: “When [HHS principal Evan] Bishop and I first talked about a graduation ceremony (or lack thereof), we immediately agreed on one thing: however the Class of 2020 decided to celebrate, there would need to be a way to fill the void of May 29th. Today. The Friday that would have been Graduation Day.

“Tonight, families won’t be scaling the bleachers in the HHS Athletic Center. Faculty and staff won’t don their own caps and gowns and cheer for the achievements of 294 graduating Hillers. Mr. Hay won’t conduct the underclassman musicians’ rendition of ‘Pomp and Circumstance.’

“Instead, to keep the pomp in their less-than-desirable circumstances, students and families will prepare for the first-ever Hopkinton High School rolling graduation parade by personalizing their vehicles for the big event. Seniors, start your engines!”

The parade will leave the high school at 1 p.m. and turn right onto Hayden Rowe Street. It will turn left onto Chestnut Street, left onto Ash (with a second left to remain on Ash) up to Main Street. It will turn left and traverse through downtown, then bear right onto Wood Street. It will turn left onto Elm Street, then left onto West Main Street, back toward the center of town. Finally, the parade will turn right onto Pleasant Street, then right onto Hayden Rowe and back to the high school.

Bishop noted that the parade route was chosen because it allows the students to travel past all of the other five schools in town: Marathon, Center, Elmwood, Hopkins and Hopkinton Middle School — as well as the old Center School.

The parade can be viewed on HCAM (both television and YouTube live feed), and there will be radio coverage via WMRC 101.3 FM.

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