Sachem Class of 2021 Graduation

Sachem Class of 2021 Graduation

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To whom it may concern, I would like to bring to your attention the seniors take on the Sachem North graduation ceremony for the class of 2021. As you all may have heard, graduation is split into four different sessions, due to COVID, based on where your last name falls in the alphabet. However, this is seemingly unfair to our seniors considering the district brought back grades 9-12 Monday through Friday in mid March, having packed hallways again and later removing desk shields. Graduation is being held outside and maximum capacity limits have, since, been largely lifted by NYS govoner Cuomo. With this in mind, there should be no reason why the students can't graduate with all of their classmates, friends and support systems as the "SNHS class of 2021". Many, if not all, of our neighboring school districts are allowing the senior class to enjoy prom and graduation together as our COVID numbers have dropped substantially due to more community members being vaccinated. I am confident Sachem will take proper safety precautions and limit the amount of guests per student so we too can have one graduation ceremony. It is my understanding the parents of the graduating class voted on how the STUDENTS' graduation ceremony will be held, students had no voice in this completely selfish decision. How is this fair to the students? This year has already taken a toll on everyone. The students are very grateful to have a graduation but this is not ideal. We want to hear our friends names get called as the diplomas are being handed out, we want to cheer for them and hear them cheer for us. If students aren't able to graduate with all of their classmates (not just the ones who have last names falling in the same graduation time slots) what is the point of this ceremony? Most students look forward to graduating with the whole class, throwing their hats up into the air to finally end the year and acknowledge all of the hard work they put into high school as they move to the next chapter of their lives. I personally do not see how one could be excited about graduation when we aren't able to be with the people we grew up with. Please take this into consideration and allow us to have the ceremony we deserve.

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