Beacon High School Senior News

Class of 2020

Dear Senior Family,

This pandemic has forced us to make adjustments not only to the school year but also activities for the class of 2020. As we consider the options for graduation and senior activities we focused on factors such as the health and safety of our students and community.

We are trying our best to be thoughtful and responsible. Through careful preparation, the district has planned the following activities to commemorate the achievements of our seniors. These include: Cap & Gown distribution, a personalized experience of walking across the graduation stage, and a virtual graduation video which will premiere at the Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre. A professional photographer, Dawn Sela Photography, Inc., will take a graduation picture of your senior. She will also provide you with a gift of a personalized lawn sign from community members. Please take the time to read this long letter carefully as it contains important information outlining the commencement schedule for seniors including senior events. All information will also be posted on our District website.

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Commencement Schedule & Activities For Seniors

Graduation Distribution:

On WEDNESDAY 5/27 AND THURSDAY 5/28 between 9am and 3pm we will deliver your caps & gowns, senior t-shirt and PTSO gift and entry ticket to the drive-in theater. Be on the lookout for our school bus!! Due to NYS and CDC guidelines on social distancing we cannot have the senior class meet as a whole at this time.

Senior Scholarship Night:

The announcement of the scholarship winners will be posted on our District website by June 15th. Seniors were awarded a scholarship because of their personal qualities and academic abilities stood above all applicants. Please take the time to write a thank you note to your scholarship donors. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020!

Graduation Celebratory Walk:

Monday, June 1st, 9am to Wednesday, June 3rd, 4pm

101 Matteawan Road

Beacon, NY

We will assign shifts to videotape the graduates walking the stage on our athletic turf field, taking their professional photo, pre-recording speeches, and compiling the footage to premiere at the Drive-In graduation. Our hope is to have every student walk across the stage filmed on our Athletic Field during that time (unless weather forces us to prolong the process). We are scheduling our families using the link below to indicate date and time slot preferences.

Go to the following link to set up your appointment:

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Graduation Pictures:

All seniors will have a professional photo taken with a diploma cover as they walk across the stage at Beacon High School Athletic Field. Please use the following link to pre-purchase your photo package. Due to NYS and CDC guidelines on social distancing we are allowing a limited amount of time for each family to take photos. Please be respectful of the schedule and arrive 15 minutes early to be prepared for your students' walk.

*On the day of the event you will enter the parking lot and a security aid will meet you and confirm your appointment. You will be directed to drive to the athletic field where your student will walk across the stage. After your student walks across the stage they will have their graduation picture taken. After the picture is taken you will exit at the end of the driveway. Due to NYS and CDC guidelines on social distancing we cannot have the senior class meet as a whole at this time.
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Graduation Virtual Video Premiere:

Wednesday, June 24th, 8:30pm

4114 Albany Post Road

Hyde Park, NY

We have scheduled a virtual graduation for June 24th. We know that this is certainly not ideal, however, we need to be prepared to celebrate our senior class in a virtual format. The company Jostens has provided a platform that will arrange for us to create a thoughtful video to celebrate our seniors.

Beacon High School has contracted with the Hyde Park Drive-In theater to broadcast its commencement exercises on Wednesday, June 24th. The Class of 2020 student representatives agree that this is the best option that adheres to NYS and CDC guidelines.

The information noted below will provide an overview for graduates and their families of what they can expect for the event. We will pre-record the various aspects of graduation and then premier the movie at the Hyde Park Drive-In theatre. Due to the limited capacity of one vehicle per graduating student, the tech department will also show the virtual graduation commencement on the district website. You will also be receiving an invitation via email for the event.


Date: June 24, 2020

Time: 8:30 PM (Vehicles must be parked by 8:00PM)

Location: Hyde Park Drive-In

Capacity: 1 (6 Passenger) vehicle per graduating student (250 vehicle maximum)

The Beacon City School District expresses our sincere gratitude for the willingness of Hyde Park Drive-In Theater to host our graduation! The Drive-In Theatres are to reopen as part of the Governor's Stage 1 plans with the following requirements for the safe operations but, in order to use the facility we must adhere to the following rules and guidelines:

  • Passenger vehicles such as cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs are permitted at the Drive-In. No limos, buses, RV’s or vehicles holding more than 8 passengers. Any vehicle outside of the guidelines will be turned away at the gate.

  • Passenger vehicles may be decorated.

  • Passengers must remain in the vehicle. Congregating or mingling with other families or neighboring cars is not permitted. Families may sit inside of the truck bed of their own vehicle.

  • Each vehicle will be provided with a parking pass prior to the event.

  • Restrooms will be open with a limit of 2 people at a time. When waiting in line guests must be 6-feet apart and be wearing a face mask per current NYS guidelines.

  • Caps may not be tossed in the air at the Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre for the safety and wellbeing of all.

  • Please note these guidelines could change at any time. If so, we will communicate those changes.

Matteawan Sign:

Seniors' names and the colleges they will be attending will be put on the marque sign at the end of Matteawan Road. If you do not wish to have your student’s information posted on the sign please email Lori LaDue @ladue.l@beaconk12org. They will be posted as soon as the college information is reported to the guidance department, usually in alphabetical order.

*If we do not hear from you, we will assume we are clear to display the information.


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