When ConVal’s traditional graduation could not be held in early June due to the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order, plans were drawn up to postpone the event by two months. On August 8, the Class of 2020 was finally able to hold its commencement exercises under bright skies on the ConVal athletic field.
Former principal Michelle Voto and Jadyn Vaidya, President of the Class of 2020, welcomed the more than one hundred families who attended in person under observance of physical distancing guidelines. In a first for ConVal, the event was also live-streamed on YouTube so that extended families could attend online. Over 300 viewers took advantage of this new option, some from as far away as Florida and Hawaii.
Salutatorian Mather Kipka and Valedictorian Casey Jordan delivered addresses to the Class of 2020. A special moment during the commencement ceremonies was the speech by Social Studies teacher Greg Leonard congratulating Shannon Allen who received the 2020 ConVal Faculty and Staff Award. After the award speech, diplomas were distributed and Hunter Luke gave the Farewell Address.
Rosie Crooker and Reid Wilson served as the Class Marshalls for the event which was also attended by the class advisors Jennifer Kiley and Jim Wickham.
Congratulations, Class of 2020!