Class of 2020 receives diplomas

Published 9:20 am Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Over three days, Randolph-Henry High School (RHHS) held Diploma Awarding Ceremonies for graduating seniors to receive their degrees May 19, 20, and 21 in the Randolph-Henry auditorium.

Seniors were given a chance to take photos with their families before taking their final walk to receive their diploma on stage. Afterward, they were treated to graduation-themed cookies, a yard sign, notes from staff members, and a card from their class president, Tanea Doswell.

According to Charlotte County Public School (CCPS) Superintendent Robbie Mason, these ceremonies were not intended to be a replacement for graduation.

Mason said the Class of 2020 would hold a graduation ceremony when conditions improve, and restrictions are lifted for large gatherings.

“This year, we were faced with the unique challenge of trying to award diplomas without the ability to gather together in large groups,” new RHHS principal Erin Davis said.

“We had three incredible days filled with laughter and tears as we said goodbye to a wonderful group of seniors.”

Davis said that the school administration knew whatever they decided to do for seniors, it had to be special.

“We knew that at the forefront of any plan was the need to make it special, personal, and dignified for each and every Statesmen,” she said. My hope is that each student felt like they had their special moment in the spotlight with family and friends.”

Davis said the ceremony was positive and well received.

“The attendance for these events was incredible, and the outpouring of positive comments from parents has been so heart-warming,” Davis said. “We are very blessed to have a supportive group of students and parents who understand that we have done our very best to celebrate a joyous occasion given these challenging circumstances.”