Fort Kent graduates to celebrate commencement on June 12

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Community High School Class of 2020 will celebrate with a commencement ceremony 7 p.m. Friday, June 12. 

The ceremony will be the first time the class will be together since school abruptly came to a halt in March due to COVID-19. 

The 57 graduates will march and receive their diplomas at an outdoor ceremony at the high school soccer field, according to school officials. Students will wear masks and practice social distancing by sitting in chairs in a semicircle around the center of the field. 

Each graduate is allowed to invite two cars for family members to attend the ceremony. The cars will be parked in alphabetical order according to the graduate’s last name. 

“Family members are kindly asked to stay in the vehicle throughout the ceremony,”  Principal John Kaleta said. 

Kaleta will open the ceremony by welcoming the graduates after which students Emily Ouellette, Riley Sibley and Zachery Chasse will present speeches. Diplomas will then be conferred and the class song will be performed. 

The graduation ceremony will be followed by a parade throughout town and a fireworks display in honor of the Class of 2020. The rain date is Saturday, June 13, at the same time.

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