With social distancing the new norm for now, traditional graduation ceremonies for high school seniors are pretty much off the table, so a lot of out-of-the-box thinking has been going on in Maine's school districts.

Last week, Oxford Hills announced their commencement would be held at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In Theater. One of their sports rivals, Edward Little, plans to hold theirs at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport.

A letter from Edward Little principal Scott Annear went out to students and families announcing that the June 6 Class of 2020 commencement would be held at the airport, and shared the details of what they have worked out so far.

The ceremony will be shown on a large video screen with an audio system and will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend in person. Graduates and families will stay in their cars parked six feet apart with their windows up until they are brought to the stage to have their name called. Everyone outside vehicles must wear a mask until they are called on stage to receive their diploma. Seniors will be able to bring two people with them to the stage, which in most cases will be mom and dad.

The event is planned outdoors, but if it should rain, the setup will be moved inside one of the airplane hangers at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport.

More of the details are being worked out, but it's awesome to see another school able to give their graduating high school seniors the recognition they deserve. With all these unique types of graduation ceremonies going on throughout Maine, the Class of 2020 will have quite the story to tell their children and grandchildren about the day they graduated during the world pandemic of 2020.

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