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Class of 2020

Graduations Events 

 

I.  Baccalaureate Mass 

On Sunday, June 14, we will live stream the Baccalaureate Mass from St. Pius Church at 7:00 pm. The link to the live stream will be shared via our website and social media. Members of your senior class are working on this Mass as part of the Arrupe Project.  

 

II. Graduation Ceremony

On Monday, June 15, we will gather you as a class and play portions of our traditional Graduation weekend at the Saco Drive-in beginning at 9:00 pm. The family of each graduate will be allowed to bring two cars to this event. In case of rain the event will occur the following night, Tuesday,  June 16.  This event will include the memories video usually shown at the Baccalaureate Dinner. Awards to graduates will be announced as well; graduates who win awards that have not already been presented will receive them when they come to campus to receive their diplomas. The event will also include the graduation speeches from the Class President, Outstanding Senior, Salutatorian and Valedictorian. After this event this video will also be available on our website for those who are unable to attend. 

 

III. Conferring of Diplomas

From Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, June 19, seniors and their families will be invited to campus for the conferral of diplomas. Arrival times will be assigned in alphabetical order beginning at 10:00 am each day and going until 4:00 pm; this will bring 25 graduates to campus per day for 4 days (there are 99 graduates). Graduates will wear their Graduation dresses/tuxedos for this event. More specific details including your assigned arrival times will be released later this month. 

 

IV. Gathering the Class of 2020

When the restrictions on gatherings of over 50 people are lifted, we will bring your class together. While we remain hopeful that such gatherings can occur this summer, discussions have already begun about events at Thanksgiving or Christmas Break when many of you will be returning home as alumni of Cheverus for the first time.


 

Graduation 2020

FAQ

 

Monday June 15 - Graduation Ceremony at Saco Drive-in

We’re excited we are to have this opportunity to celebrate the entire class at one time because community is so important. We’ve hired a video production company to deliver a memorable night of many of the things we cherish about our graduation weekend: the memories video, awards to graduates, and speeches from the Class President, Outstanding Senior, Salutatorian and Valedictorian. There will be some surprises, and most importantly every graduate will be honored and recognized as part of the production. 

 

When should I arrive?

We will open the lot at 8:15 pm. Please do not arrive before this time. The event begins at 9:00 pm (it’s not dark enough before then). 

 

Do I need a ticket to this event?

Each graduate will be mailed two Graduation programs in advance of the event, and these will act as your “ticket” to the Saco Drive-in. Please have one program to show at the gate in each vehicle; you will not be permitted to enter without this ticket.

 

Can we decorate our cars for the event at the Saco Drive-in? 

Yes! The spirit of this event is definitely celebratory. The more Purple and Gold the better!

 

Do I have to wear a tuxedo/graduation dress to the Graduation Ceremony at Saco-Drive-in?

No. You will not be required to leave your car at any point during the event, so dress as you please. 

 

What size vehicles will be allowable at the Saco Drive-in?

Due to the size of the parking spaces at the Drive-in, nothing bigger than a large SUV (such as a Chevy Suburban) will be permitted. Limos and busses are not permitted. Families should also note that larger vehicles will be directed to park in the back rows and smaller vehicles in the front. 

 

Will the concession stand be open? How about restrooms?

Following the State guidelines for Drive-in theaters at this time, the concession stands will NOT be open for the event. Restrooms will be open with social-distancing guidelines. 

 

Will the event at Saco Drive-in be live-streamed? 

We will make the video of the event available to the public soon after the ceremony; however, the Drive-in does not have the capability to live stream what we show at the theater.

 

Do attendees need to wear face-masks/coverings? 

Following the State guidelines for Drive-in theaters at this time you will not be permitted to leave your car during the event except to use the restrooms. Since cars will be parked more than six feet apart, attendees will not be required to wear masks. However, you should bring a mask/covering with you as social-distancing requirements will be in place for those using the restrooms. 

 

Tuesday,  June 16 through Friday, June 19 - Conferring of Diplomas at Cheverus

Arrival times have been assigned in alphabetical order beginning at 10:00 am each day and going until 4:00 pm. Please see the email sent by Dr. Moran on Friday,  May 21 for your assigned time. 

 

Do I have to wear a tuxedo/graduation dress to the conferral of diplomas? 

This event is intended to capture the formal element of the Graduation ceremony, so we’re encouraging graduates and their families to dress accordingly. The campus and the atrium will be decorated for photo opportunities, and we have employed a professional photographer to capture each graduate in tuxedos/graduation dresses to construct a composite picture of the Class of 2020. This said, if attaining a graduation dress/tuxedo presents any issues for your family, we are happy to work with you and your family about this aspect of the event. Please contact Dr. Moran. 

 

How do I get my graduation dress/tuxedo? 

For information and questions regarding the graduation dresses, please contact Ms. Victoria Caron at caronv@portlandschools.org 

For information and questions regarding tuxedos, please contact Tuxedos on Broadway at (207) 772-8522. 

 

What do I do if I can’t make my scheduled time for the conferral of diplomas? 

Please contact Mrs. Ann Marie Rogers at rogers@cheverus.org if you cannot make your scheduled time.

 

How many family members can I bring with me to the on-campus event? Can I bring friends with me instead of family members? 

We ask that families limit their participants to 10 (including the graduate) and follow the 14-day quarantine rules for any family members from out-of-state. We appreciate that it is challenging to limit the number of attendees at such a special family event. In respect to the social distancing and shelter-at-home guidelines of the city and state, we ask that you limit your family participants to members with whom you’ve already had contact and that you do not come to campus with friends. 

 

Will the conferral of diplomas be live streamed?

Yes. All four days and the conferral of every diploma will be live streamed from June 16-19. Relatives from out of state and friends who cannot be in attendance will be able to watch in this way. A link to the live stream will be available on our website on each day. 


 

Will I need to wear a mask while I’m on campus? 

We will stage the conferral of diplomas in such a manner that graduates and their families will be able to maintain safe social distancing from Cheverus employees and other graduates while on campus. That said, Cheverus employees will be wearing masks/face coverings when necessary, and we ask that graduates and their families bring their own masks/coverings in case of any situations where social distancing can’t be maintained. 

 

How long can we stay on campus? When and where can we take pictures? 

Our intention in constructing this four-day schedule is to give families the time they need to enjoy this event without feeling rushed. In addition to the professional photographer we’ve hired, there will be several opportunities in the atrium and outdoors on our beautiful campus to take pictures.  

 

Will I have a chance to clear out my locker/drop off uniforms/blazers/book donations while I’m on campus?

Yes. Stay tuned for details for all students to clear out lockers and drop-off uniforms/blazers/book donations during the week of June 8th. During the week of June 16-19, when the conferring of diplomas is happening, the Atrium will be the only part of the buildings available to students and family and access will only be granted at assigned times.