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CHS 2020 Graduation Parade and drive-thru ceremony tonight

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Recently, Chesterton High School (CHS) Principal Brent Martinson announced, with great disappointment, that the planned CHS 2020 traditional graduation ceremony has been cancelled. In lieu of this, the school is planning a graduation parade and drive-thru ceremony for the CHS 2020 graduates.

Graduates and their immediate family members only will proceed in cars beginning at 5:00 p.m. today, Friday, July 24, from the Chesterton Middle School Parking Lot. The procession will wind through the town of Chesterton and end at the CHS campus.

Each graduating senior will follow this parade route in their family’s car: North onto 8th Street to Broadway, east on Broadway to Calumet, south on Calumet to Porter Avenue, west on Porter Avenue to 5th Street, south on 5th Street to 1050N and into the south entrance at the back of CHS following a car processional to the front of the school. Once at the front of the school (Door 1), the graduate only (wearing a mask) will exit the car, walk across the prepared outdoor stage at the front of the school, and receive their diploma from Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit and CHS Principal Brent Martinson. Graduates will then return to their car and exit the CHS campus.

No graduate or passenger may leave their vehicle at any time before or during the parade.

No person participating in the parade and/or the graduation ceremony may leave their vehicle for any reason. Only the graduate may leave their vehicle as they receive their diploma.

In consultation with state and local authorities, graduation participants and their families must comply with these requirements in order to participate. Please remember that we have active cases of COVID-19 in our community which required us to alter our initial plans for the graduation ceremony. If you cannot comply with these requirements, we ask that you not participate in the parade or graduation ceremony.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you may not attend the parade or graduation ceremony.

Grad Images will take professional photographs as each graduate walks across the stage in front of the school and receives their diploma.

Graduates who do not participate in the graduation ceremony may pick up their diplomas starting on Monday, August 3, from the main office

A video montage of our students receiving their diplomas, including the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” by members of the CHS Wind Ensemble, “Star Spangled Banner”, student address, faculty address and tassel turning ceremony will be sent to families and our graduates as soon as possible following the ceremony.


Posted 7/24/2020




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