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
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.
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.
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
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.