The Lincoln Academy Class of 2020 will graduate on June 5 in small groups on the LA campus, with an in-person celebration to follow at a later date.
On the afternoon of Friday, June 5, Lincoln Academy’s scheduled day of graduation (rain date Saturday, June 6), LA will distribute diplomas in person to the Class of 2020 by advisor group on LA’s William Clark turf field. Advisor groups in the senior class range between 10 and 17 students, and only one group will receive their diplomas at a time in order to adhere to the Maine Department of Education’s recommendation to limit gatherings to under 50 people during the month of June.
Here is an outline of the plan:
- Senior advisor groups will meet in the St. Patrick’s Church parking lot at the time designated below.
- Students must have a mask. If students do not bring their own mask, they can pick one up at the meeting place.
- Advisor groups will gather their cars in a caravan led by the advisor car(s). Advisor group flags are encouraged!
- Students are encouraged to decorate their cars, and members of the graduate’s immediate family are encouraged to ride along.
- The caravan of advisors and advisees ranging from 10 and 17 cars at a time will drive over Academy Hill onto campus and park at the foot of the turf field.
- Campus will be closed to ALL other traffic
- We will contact international students via iPads so they can ride along virtually in the car of a fellow advisor group member
- Students and advisors will exit their cars wearing masks, and march two by two onto the turf field
- Once on the field each student’s name will be called and they will receive their diploma sleeve from their advisor.
- Students will line up for a group photo with their diplomas (at safe distance, of course) before exiting the field and returning to their cars.
- Cars will exit by circling the ATEC parking lot to make room for the next group to park at the foot of the turf field.
- Student and advisor cars will turn left at the gym, and proceed down Academy Hill.
- Faculty will be parked in cars lining Academy Hill to greet graduates as they leave campus.
- Advisor groups will drive through downtown Damariscotta and meet back together on the north end of town (location to be announced) before going their separate ways.
- No spectators, other than the family members in the car with each graduate, will be allowed on the LA campus in order to adhere to the 50-person gathering limit.
- The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Lincoln Academy Facebook page.
- Questions? Check our Graduation FAQ page!
Here is a graphic map of how graduation will proceed, including placement for the group photo in a V-shaped chevron.
A future in-person celebration is tentatively scheduled for August 8. This will be postponed to Thanksgiving or Christmas vacation if it is not safe to gather in August.
“We are doing our best to strike a balance between keeping everyone safe and healthy and honoring this momentous event in our seniors’ lives. Although this is not the LA graduation we expected a few months ago, we encourage seniors and their families to find the fun in this plan: decorate cars, bring noisemakers, come up with a graduation playlist for the car ride. We are happy that students will get to graduate with their advisor group, a group of students and teachers they have seen every day since they started high school. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 in person at a future date when we can all celebrate in one space together, but at least with this ceremony we can let these students know that we think they are ready for whatever comes next. This will certainly be a graduation no one will forget!”
-Jenny Mayher, LA Communications Director and Graduation Committee Chair.
Other plans for celebrating graduates:
- Decorate cars with Mr. Page, May 26-29 from 1-2 pm in the student parking lot.
- Yard signs for each graduate are now installed on Academy Hill
- Monday June 1: Eagle Awards distributed by Advisors
- Wednesday, June 3: Virtual Class Night and Awards Ceremony will be aired at 6 pm
- Thursday, June 4: Virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony will be aired at 6 pm
- An edited graduation video will be distributed after graduation
Please note that this plan is subject to change based on updated recommendations from the Governor or Department of Education
TENTATIVE Arrival times to St. Patrick’s Church:
- 1:40 pm Armstrong/Collins
- 2:00 Buchwalder
- 2:20 Cordero/Brewer
- 2:40 Curtis/Rancourt
- 3:00 Duffy/Smith
- 3:20 Fraser
- 3:40 Keushguerian
- 4:00 Mess
- 4:20 Stevenson
- 4:40 Wynne/Civittolo