After a downpour delayed Cooperstown Central School’s 1:30 p.m. Commencement 2020 for 45 minutes this afternoon, Anya McGoldrick, left, and Natalie Fountain, top photo, lead a procession of 78 seniors through cheers and beeping horns in the school parking lot to the ceremony in the field between the high school and elementary schools. Inset left, Tammi Kelly and Don Corns – their grad is Morgan Kelly – opened a golf umbrella through their sunroof as shelter from the rain. The seniors will be honored with a parade through downtown Cooperstown at 5 p.m. – head- on down! (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fighting back tears, Unatego Soccer Coach Sue Herodes, inset at right, accepts the 2020 “Inspire Award,” presented this evening as 56 graduates received their diplomas at the Unatego Central School graduation. Herodes was selected by seniors as the teacher who had the most influence on their growth and success during their high school years. Behind her is school board President Jim Salisbury, Otego. In top photo, Valedictorian Paige McCoy smiles with satisfaction as her long list of awards and scholarships is announced. Salutatorian is Mikaila Flavell. The ceremony took place in the football field, with family members and friends spread out across the grandstand to achieve social distancing. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A solemn and longest-serving superintendent of schools, Romona Wenck, the top administrator at Laurens Central School for 23 years, announces awards and scholarships at this evening’s graduation. She shared the duty with Bill Dorritie, left, the high school principal and her successor in the top job. Inset left, graduate Elvia Allen prepares to lead the processional of 21 seniors into the open-air commencement in front of the school. Main Street had been closed off, to allow social distancing so all members of the community could attend. Valedictorian was Jordan Weir, and salutatorian, Jazmin LaPilusa. Class President Zachary Shaul welcomed family and friends. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTEGO.com)
Graduate Robert Wooley and his family, top photo, share a table at this evening’s Milford Central School commencement, a measure organizers took to maintain social distancing and stay in line with Governor Cuomo’s 150-person limit on such gatherings. Best of all, grads and their loved ones could be together. “It’s really about the students and their families,” said Michelle Dibble, co-organizer of of the event. Inset, right, Valedictorian Ethan Freer tells his classmates, “Endings are the worst,” and yet he recounted happy experiences the Class of 2020 went through together. The salutatorian was Cassidy Hall. Class President Teeghan Gale also addressed the gathering. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
“We know this is absolutely heartbreaking for our seniors,” said President Barbara Jean Morris. “Unfortunately, there is just no way to safely move forward with commencement, our largest gathering of the year.”
Classes will resume online Monday, March 23, and the college has developed a staggered move-out process that will limit the number of people entering the residence halls at any one time, in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations.