The following protocol was developed in coordination with public health guidance and is
designed to honor the seniors and their families, while also protecting the health and safety of all
participants. It is ESSENTIAL to follow all the guidelines. Help us keep our staff and you safe!
Participation in commencement is not mandatory. A graduating senior will still receive their
diploma if they do not participate in the ceremony. If your senior does not feel safe attending, we
encourage him or her to remain home.
Date: June 7, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 4:20pm. Students will sign up for a time. 5 students will be allowed for each 10
minute interval. Time slots will be 1:00pm, 1:10pm, 1:20pm….the last time slot is expected to be
Who: Students and their immediate family members (at their assigned time) may participate. A
sign-up form will be sent to families on Monday, May 18.
Gowns and regalia
Families will pick up gowns and regalia in advance (at assigned times) June
1 – June 5. Gowns will be labelled and assembled and will be available for pick up at appointed
times. Yearbooks will also be picked up, and textbooks can be dropped off at that time. Students
will be assigned gown pick up times in alphabetical order. Please do not enter the building
beyond the foyer or gather outside or inside the school. Textbooks should also be returned at that
time. Students can keep their gowns after graduation.
Sign-Up for Commencement
Beginning May 18, at 1:00pm. students and their families will be
able to sign up for graduation slots in which any 5 families may coordinate their arrival and
procession through the steps of Commencement. As stated above, these will be in 10 minute
intervals. Students are encouraged to bring their walking shoes; see “Last Walk” below.
Students and family members should wear masks when they enter the building. Students
will be allowed to remove their mask for a photo after they receive their diploma, otherwise, they
should wear a mask at all times while in the building.
Students arrive with their families just before their appointed time and park in one of 10
marked spaces in front of the school. Please approach the school from Somerset St., by the new
gym construction. Overflow parking will extend down Somerset Street. A Bangor police officer
will assist with traffic and help maintain social distancing outside the school. Administrators on
duty will give the signal to each group as to when it is time to enter the building.
Diplomas and Photos
Students and parents enter the auditorium at their appointed time, Mr.
Armistead will read off the name of the graduate. The graduate will come to the stage and
receive their diploma from Mr. MacKay and an official graduation photo will be taken at that time. Masks can be lowered for the photo. This will be integrated into a senior video shortly after graduation. Parents are welcome to take pictures at this time as well.
Last Walk (10 minutes)
Students will then follow a route through the school marked on the floor taking them past the classrooms of teachers and staff who are present. All hallways and stairwells will be clearly marked for one-way traffic to make sure the event does not become crowded. The school and its students and staff must wear masks and observe the six foot social distancing rule. No handshakes or hugs will be permitted.
Exit from the School and Departure
The route students take brings them back out the left (south) foyer door. Students and their families are welcome to take a photo at this point but must not congregate on the sidewalk in front of the school. A Bangor police officer will help keep foot traffic and vehicle traffic moving along Broadway.
Class Night at the Drive-In
Seniors and their families are invited to come to Class Night on June 10th at the Bangor Drive-In. Gates open at 7:30. The show is expected to begin about 9:00.
Videos on the events
Look for videos recapping Graduation and Class Night at johnbapst.org and on social media.