ELLSWORTH — A junior-senior prom and a graduation ceremony will be held for Ellsworth High School this spring, Principal Dan Clifford announced to School Board members on April 12.
Clifford outlined plans that will allow for the usual end-of-year activities such as prom and Class Night to be held under a 60-by-150-foot tent erected in the parking lot near the football field.
Graduation will be held at Del Luce Stadium, with graduates in the stands and families spread out on the soccer field.
While there are many details to work out, at least the dates are set. Prom will be held on May 29 and graduation on June 11, with Class Night on June 3. Hancock County Technical Center awards night and National Honor Society induction also will be held, but those dates are yet to be decided.
EHS has 105 seniors ready to graduate, Clifford said, and the smaller-than-normal class may allow more family members to attend the ceremony. Exactly how many tickets each senior will receive for family and friends will be determined once the stadium’s capacity, with social distancing, is known. The event will also be live streamed.
Clifford also said a senior parade through town ending at the school for Class Night could be held, an idea board members embraced.
For the May 29 prom, planning is in the early stages, with restrooms for the outdoor venue and whether to allow students to invite friends from other schools still to be decided. However, all COVID-19 state guidelines on masks and social distancing will have to be followed, Clifford noted.
“We’re throwing a lot of things around,” he said. “I think it’s really important we do try something. I hope we can do it and it goes well.”
Board Vice President Abigail Miller asked for details, including “the parameters for cancellation,” to be presented at the May board meeting for a vote.
“Parents need to know,” she said. “Graduations and proms are a big financial investment for families … It needs to be in black and white.”