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Leaving their mark on the world

The Class of 2020 will certainly go down in history as a group of seniors that overcame a global health crisis to graduate and celebrate the completion of their high school education. That infamy was evident last week during Buckingham County High School’s social distance graduation ceremony.

Teachers and staff developed a plan to allow students to graduate with family members present while still engaging in safe social distancing.

Each graduate was given a time slot on either June 11, 12 or 15, between the hours of 9-12 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. to partake in this unique ceremony. The high school football field was peppered with numbered stations for each graduate to hit on their way to the podium.

First, seniors checked in at the front of the field and were then escorted to a booth where they used green and yellow paint to leave a handprint on a large chunk of kyanite donated to the Class of 2020 by Kyanite Mining.

Then, the student would arrive at another station to grab honor cords and other accessories.

From there, students waited to get the all clear before walking to the middle of the field to receive their degree and get an air hug from Superintendent of Buckingham County Public Schools Dr. Daisy Hicks. Parents and other family members were then invited to join the students for graduation photos.

Props for photo ops were scattered throughout the field. After receiving their diplomas, seniors made their way back to the fence of the football field to remove and take home personal banners that were previously hung around Main Street in Dillwyn.

Photos by Alexa Massey.