Sacred Heart Greenwich graduation for the class of 2020 has been tentatively rescheduled from June 5 to July 24.
On June 5, the original graduation date, all seniors and their families are invited to campus to receive their diplomas to recognize the rite of passage from seniors.
Each senior will arrive on campus by car and wind their way to Salisbury Hall where she will step out of the car to receive her diploma, have her picture taken with Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 and Board Chair Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor ’89.
“Following the latest update from Governor Lamont, we will not be permitted to hold the live ceremony on campus scheduled for June 5,” Hayes said in an email to families, adding, “Sacred Heart Greenwich will remain closed to in-person instruction through the end of the academic year.”
Hayes said seniors had shared their wish to have the traditional events of graduation and the Baccalaureate Mass regardless of the date.
Hayes said Upper School classes will end on May 26 and to commemorate this day, and to celebrate the senior class, the Alumnae Office will hold a virtual Alumnae Induction & Passport Ceremony where faculty, staff and administrators will welcome seniors to a campus drive through celebration.
Each senior will be presented with her edition of Green Years, and, along with receiving the yearbook, the seniors will be treated to some surprises as they drive through the front circle at school.
If parents or family members wish to ride along with their daughter, they are welcome to join in.
“We will have members of our community on hand to take pictures and video footage of the celebration,” Hayes said.
“We continue to hope for a return to campus in the fall,” added Hayes who is retiring in June.
In January the Sacred Heart Greenwich board voted to appoint Margaret Frazier as the 34th Head of School.
Frazier, who currently serves as Headmistress of Marymount International in London, UK, will begin her term on July 1, 2020.
Hayes said Frazier will help shape the school’s response and preparedness.
“We are actively planning for different scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, depending on state guidance and best practices for a safe school environment,” Hayes said.