Amidst pandemic, Hancock High School offers happy news

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin on Friday extended an invitation to the public for an event to take place on Saturday, a parade for graduating seniors. The parade will be the kickoff to the Commencement Ceremony.

“Hope you all can attend the parade tomorrow (Saturday May 30),” Patchin said in his weekly email update. “It will start at 10 a.m., at the ISD Career Tech Center,” and head down Quincy Street.”

Patchin said spectators are welcome to park in cars along the route, or sit on Quincy Green with radios tuned to 93.5 FM and “enjoy the show.” The parade will also be live-streamed for those who prefer to see the parade from the safety of their homes. Streaming will be available on:

• Our Facebook Page : Hancock Central High School – Official site

• Through a link on our webpage www.hancock.k12.mi.us , you will need to scroll down on the main page then click on the link. It is being streamed through the Vimeo platform

• Broadcast on 93.5 FM, hosted by Master of Ceremonies, “our talented Bulldog graduate Dirk Hembroff.”

“f you do attend, we request that you follow social distancing protocols of six-feet spacing, to ensure we are compliant with healthcare guidance,” said Patchin. We want all to be safe while we cheer on our graduates for their accomplishments and support their varied journeys to the next stage of their lives.

After the parade, the graduation ceremony will take place at the Hancock High School football field.

Patchin said, however, that ceremony is restricted to only direct family members.

“We thank you for your understanding as we comply with Center for Disease Control social distancing guidelines for outdoor gatherings,” said Patchin. “Others will be turned away at our entrance. We ask that you please respect our protocols as we provide the best graduation celebration possible for our graduates.”

Like the parade, graduation will be streamed on the services listed above, starting, he said, at approximately 11 a.m., after the conclusion of the parade.

“We hope you can view the graduation, as it will feature student performances by Briana Pietila, Vanessa Dulong, and Jamie Sintkowski,” said Patchin. “You will also hear moving addresses from our Valedictorian, Makenna Nutall, and Salutatorian, Willard Bal. It promises to be a graduation you will not soon forget.”

Patchin also wanted to express his gratitude to the entire staff of Hancock Public Schools.

“A special shout out to the whole K-12 educational team that helped nurture, challenge, encourage, and support these soon to be graduates to earn this accomplishment,” he said. “It truly takes a village to raise a child and become a high school graduate!”


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