Class of 2020 Graduation Newsletter
Commencement Ceremony Information
Last night was a great event. I want to congratulate everyone. It was a unique experience that will always go down as one of my favorite graduations. Below are links to several videos of the event. We also have the winners of the cap contest. I am planning on making a slide show of all the contestants that will be posted here later.
I want folks to know, the streamed event is tough to watch the actual video. It was meant to give a sense like you were watching from your car, so the screen is not the focus. Its the horn honks, the flashing of lights, the "wahoos," and the joyous laughter of children (our grads) as they officially become adults that you needed to see, hear and feel to be part of this event. I have shared the actual video in case you want to re-watch it with family.
Again a great job to Elly, Henry, and Mark. They did a wonderful job with their speeches. Mr. Mark, thank you. Thank you fo the speech, thank you for the years of service, thank you for being so kind and generous to all students from Cape Cod Tech. You are a true friend. A big thank you to Mr. Vincent and his staff who donated the facility and made the night possible. You have a special place in the Cape Cod Tech Community. I also want to thank a few others who made it all possible. Ms. Davis and Ms. Knight amazing work organizing the event, Ms. Leiwicki for always saying, "Yeah, we can do that;" Mr. Mark for printing, re-printing, and re-re-printing everything while they were literally closing down the building and moving machines and equipment out of DVC; Mr. Mollis, Mr. Burke, Ms. Smith and the rest of the maintenance crew amazing work on setup and help make a crazy plan come fruition; Mr. Steven Cass for putting together an amazing production for our graduates, CCT staff, faculty and admin who all contributed ensuring our graduates had a personal celebration that truly honored them and finally to the parents, guardians, and graduates for having faith and trust in us that we would do your graduation justice.
(And yes graduates, you can now call me Billy)
Two Days until Graduation
Great meeting tonight. Thank you for all the compliments. This has been a fun experience.
Below you will find the presentation from tonight, the designated parking spaces, and other important information. If you have questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mortar Board Competition
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We will have three winners:
Class of 2020 Spirit
Graduates, Parents and Guardians of Graduates and Cape Cod Tech Staff,
I want to remind everyone that we will have a mandatory Parent and Student Virtual Zoom Graduation Practice on Tuesday, June 2nd. An invite will be sent out on June 2nd. All students attending graduation are expected to participate. This is essential for understanding how the night will work, so it is important that either the graduate or a parent or guardian attends. We will send an invite to all students and all parents that received this email. I want to let folk know that we ar threading the needle on parameters and regulations mandated by the state for Drive-Ins and the DESE for graduation ceremonies. We must follow these guidelines. Being one of the earlier graduations, many eyes will be one us to see how it goes. I know we will be a model for the state, and a standard on how people can celebrate their graduates safely.
The festivities for graduation actually begin earlier in the day. Shepley Wood had orchestrated a Cape Wide Graduation Fly Over. The flight plans are below. (I tried to get them to flyby the drive-in around 7:30 but no luck...)If you do plan on watching it, please remember social distancing, wear your mask, and keep safe. I am not sure how many cars can meet in our parking lot. Right now it kind of looks like the moon's surface. If students want to meet at the Park and Ride, that may be fine. I will scout it out and let folks know in the grad virtual practice on Tuesday.
Also, I would plan on leaving early for Wellfleet Drive-In. Traffic can build up on Route 6 so please be mindful of that. There are several take out restaurants in the area to grab a bite to eat if you want to get to Wellfleet early.
Virtual Graduation Practice for Graduates and Parents or Guardians
Tuesday, June 2nd, 6:30pm
This is an online event.
Important Health Requirement For All Attendees
Any graduate, their family, school personnel, and others who may attend who may be feeling sick, are exhibiting any of the following symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), or have potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, they should not attend the graduation ceremony. A potential exposure means having household contact or having close contact (within 6 feet) with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (over 15 minutes) while the person is symptomatic or 48 hours before symptoms developed.
Persons who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) should be discouraged from attending the graduation ceremony.
Attendance must be limited to graduates and their immediate family members only. Families have been signed up in advance of the graduation, and only those who have tickets may attend. Children under the age of 5, older adults, and those with vulnerable health conditions should be discouraged from attending.
- All attendees must wear face coverings before, during, and after the ceremony if outside their vehicle or in the bed of their pick-up truck. The only exceptions are when a person is unable to wear a face covering or mask because of a medical or other disabling condition.
- For children between ages 2 and 5, the wearing of a face covering or mask is at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering or mask. Children under the age of 5 are discouraged from attending the graduation ceremony.
- Any person who refuses to wear a face covering or mask without a valid justification may be denied entry.
Ceremony: Pre, During and Post
- There can be no communal gathering/reception either before or after the graduation.
- No food or drink is allowed.
- No hugging or handshaking should occur.
- Individuals must promptly depart the premises in an orderly fashion after the ceremony is over following the directions of school officials.
Shepley Class of 2020 Flyover swooping by CCT on June 4th around 1:15
Thursday, June 4th CCT Graduation at Wellfleet Drive-In
Thursday, June 4th Graduation Day
Wellfleet Drive-In 51 US-6, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Students and their families must stay in their car during the Graduation Ceremony.
Restroom breaks will be permitted but social distancing and masks must be worn.
Graduation Ceremony will be streamed either on the website or via Facebook Live.
Graduates should wear their cap and gown.
Families and grads are encouraged to decorate their cars.
No large trucks or cargo tops, please. These will block those behind you. Please be courteous.
No extra-long cars like limousines. They will block the lane that people drive through at Graduation.
Vehicles will pull in headlights towards the screen.
No vehicles may leave the graduate and guest parking area until the graduation ceremony is complete. Headlights will affect the ceremony viewing capabilities. Please be respectful of all graduates.
This is a school event: alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, vapes, marijuana, or other drugs are prohibited under any circumstance. When a public school holds an event off-campus, that facility is under the same state and federal laws and regulations as a school campus.
7:00 Gates Open:
- Graduates will have placard (8 1/2 x 14) on the windshield with their name on it. This is their ticket to enter the graduate area.
- Graduates must be with their families unless prior arrangements were made with Mr. Terranova or Mr. Roberts. In other words, no graduates may arrive alone in a car unless you have spoken to Mr. T or Mr. Roberts.
- Graduates and family members will drive and park in the first 8-9 rows.
- One usher at the end of each row will have information on who is to park in each row.
- There will be a placard with the graduate's name hung by a rope from each soundpost, cars to park in front of the placard.
- Guests will park in the last 5-7 rows. Guest will have a rearview mirror hanger displaying guest
- 1 car every other space, guest or graduate. Each space marked
- Cars will park in between sound poles.
- All guests must stay in their car unless they need to use the restroom.
- Cars will be asked to keep interior lights off during the ceremony. At certain points, certain individuals may be asked to turn on their interior lights if possible.
Gates open at 7 pm.
All Graduates must arrive by 8:00.
The Graduate's Parking Area will close at 8:05 pm.
Only cars with tickets will be admitted. Teacher/Staff member will check tickets at the gate.
There are two types of tickets. Tickets and Commencement Programs will be mailed to graduates on May 20th.
1 Ticket will be placard with Graduates name on it (Assigned parking spots dependent on the name.)
1 Guest ticket will be a rearview mirror hanging placard noting guest ticket that will be numbered. No duplicate numbers will be permitted to enter. If duplicates exist, both vehicles will be asked to leave.
- Students and their families must stay in their vehicles.
- Restroom breaks will be permitted but social distancing and masks will be required.
7:00 Gates Open
8:05 Graduate Parking Area Closed
8:15 ish Ceremony Begins
8:50- 9:25 Graduate Names and Diplomas delivered to cars
9:30 Coronation March plays continuously as grads leave the ceremony.
Guests are invited to leave after graduates and their car with family members leave.