St. Dominic Academy will hold ‘different’ graduation June 4

AUBURN — St. Dominic Academy will hold its graduation exercises in the parking lot of the school’s Auburn campus, 121 Gracelawn Road, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4. The rain date is Saturday, June 6.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony for the 75th graduating class of St. Dom’s will look different than the 74 that preceded it, but the planned event is no different in terms of the spirit, pride, and community that will be on full display.
“The students will stay in their cars with their parents,” said Timothy Gallic, president of St. Dom’s. “They will be called up to seats set six feet apart in front of staging. Once they are in place, the baccalaureate Mass will start at 6 p.m.”
The students will wear masks for the Mass as well as the graduation exercises that follow it, a ceremony that is designed to minimize any contact.
“Our principal will call up the superintendent, who will call up the valedictorian, who will call up the salutatorian, who will call me up,” said Gallic. “After my comments, the diplomas will be awarded.”
As the students’ names are read, they will approach the stage and receive their diplomas. The new graduates will pick up a rose and return to their seats.
“When all have received their diplomas, they will walk back to their cars, and give their parents the rose, which is an academy tradition. Then, they’ll turn and face the podium for the tassel flip and hat toss,” said Gallic.
Skye Rogers is the valedictorian and Avery Greco is the salutatorian for the Class of 2020.
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