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Hawks’ Last Flight: Class of 2020 Graduation



Hawks’ Last Flight: Class of 2020 Graduation

Together, we’ll honor the Class of 2020 with a special and safe graduation celebration.

Bishop Hendricken High School is proud to announce Hawks’ Last Flight: The Class of 2020 Drive-Thru & Drive-In Graduation Celebration, taking place on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Senior Night on Social Media

Thursday, June 25th
7pm

Facebook & YouTube

Each year on the eve of graduation, the graduating class comes together for Senior Night, a special social to reminisce and spend time together before the big day.

This year, Senior Night has moved virtual with a special video presentation of the Class of 2020. As part of this live event, each graduate will be presented in a feature video highlighting the unique and special journey that was his senior year. Along with a special soundtrack, the presentation will feature each senior’s cap and gown photo and personal message to the community.

The video will premiere as a live watch party event on Facebook and YouTube at 7pm. Graduates and families are encouraged to share their photos and messages using #HawkGrad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Drive-Thru

Friday, June 26th
6:30pm-7:30pm

Bishop Hendricken High School

The evening will kick-off with a special car parade of graduates and their respective families through campus with a faculty honor guard along the route. Families can arrive to take part in the drive-thru route at any point during this hour.

The drive-thru celebration will allow seniors a final visit to campus, and more importantly, the opportunity to bid farewell to their beloved teachers and mentors.

Drive-In

Friday, June 26th
Following Drive-Thru

Aldrich Mansion, Warwick Neck

Following the campus drive-thru, the festivities will transition to Aldrich Mansion for a drive-in graduation ceremony with live addresses from Fr. Maricano ’75, Mr. DeCiccio ’03, valedictorian, and salutatorian; video messages from community members; as well as announcement of graduation medals.

Following these, all graduates will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Conferral of diplomas will be contactless and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn by graduates for procession to stage, but may be removed for their reception of diploma, and then put back on for the remainder of the evening. Full, detailed instructions on this process for graduates will be communicated and will also be provided during the drive-thru portion of the event on campus.

To complete the ceremony, a full laser light show will be presented overlooking Narragansett Bay. All of the evening’s visuals will be projected on 6 movie screens, and all audio will be transmitted via your car radio’s AM/FM dial, as well as a PA system.

The drive-in ceremony will enable the Class of 2020 to come together as a unit one last time, honor each senior, and retain some semblance of the conventional ceremony. Additionally, Aldrich Mansion is the site of our former senior campus and traditionally serves as the host for our “Senior Night” on the eve of graduation. We thought this to be especially fitting as we celebrate our 60th anniversary and this graduating class.

*Please note: If there is a regression of guidance or tightening of restrictions from state and public health officials leading up to the event, we may utilize our original plan and protocol for Hawks’ Last Flight as a contingency.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who's allowed to come?

Each graduating senior is permitted 1 vehicle-load of individuals, including himself. These events are reserved for the Class of 2020 and their families only. No underclassmen are permitted.

+ How many vehicles can I bring?

Due to space restrictions both on campus and at Aldrich Mansion, each graduating senior is permitted 1 vehicle and must be present in that vehicle. No individuals in the bed of pick-up trucks or trunks of cars/SUVs.

+ Can I bring any kind of vehicle I want?

Due to space restrictions both on campus and at Aldrich Mansion, only standard passenger vehicles will be permitted: a car, SUV, or pick-up truck. No RV’s, party buses, campers, limousines, trailers, box trucks, etc., or any other vehicles will be permitted.

+ Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. All individuals within the vehicle must wear a mask or face covering any time windows are down both on campus and at Aldrich Mansion. Graduates must wear a mask when sitting in the lawn chair outside of their vehicle, as well as in the procession to the stage. No mask is necessary for the crossing of the stage, but it must be put back on immediately following.

+ What time does it start?

The evening begins with an open drive-thru hour from 6:30pm-7:30pm on campus. Families can arrive to take part in the drive-thru route at any point during this hour. Following this, families are encouraged to head to Aldrich Mansion to be parked for the drive-in event which will begin shortly after sunset.

+ Where do we go at Aldrich Mansion?

Enter Aldrich Mansion’s main gate off of Warwick Neck Avenue (836 Warwick Neck Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889). You’ll be guided by staff and signage to the boat house on the lower edge of the property. There, you’ll be guided by staff to a designated parking spot. All vehicles will be parked based on size for maximum viewing of our 6 big screens and spaced apart. You will NOT be allowed to choose your parking spot for the drive-in.

+ What will the drive-thru be like?

All vehicles should arrive at the rear parking lot entrance on Oakland Beach Avenue. From there, vehicles will be greeted and guided through a route featuring an honor guard of teachers, staff, and administrators. Individuals are welcome to roll down their windows with their masks on to interact with teachers throughout the route. Graduates should be in the front passenger seat of their vehicle.

+ What will the drive-in be like?

The drive-in ceremony will kick-off with live addresses from Fr. Marciano, Mr. DeCiccio, valedictorian, and salutatorian; video messages from community members; as well as announcement of graduation medals. Following these, all graduates will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Conferral will be contactless and socially distant. To complete the ceremony, a full laser light show will be presented overlooking Narragansett Bay. All of the evening’s visuals will be projected on 6 movie screens, and all audio will be transmitted via your car radio’s AM/FM dial, as well as a PA system.

+ Am I allowed to get out of my car?

Graduates are permitted to sit outside of their vehicle for the duration of the ceremony at Aldrich Mansion, as well as to receive their diplomas. Graduates should bring a lawn chair and sit adjacent to the passenger side of their vehicle to maintain social distancing. All other individuals will only be permitted to get out of their vehicle, both on campus and at Aldrich Mansion, to use the restroom. Upon leaving your vehicle, you must wear a mask or face covering. All social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.

+ Will restrooms be available?

Yes! Restrooms will be available at Aldrich Mansion. All individuals using the restrooms must wear a mask or face covering and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

+ How will I get my diploma?

Graduates will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Conferral of diplomas will be contactless and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn by graduates for procession to stage, but may be removed for their reception of diploma, and then put back on for the remainder of the evening. Full, detailed instructions on this process for graduates will be communicated and will also be provided during the drive-thru portion of the event on campus.

+ Will graduation be livestreamed or broadcast?

Yes! The drive-in ceremony at Aldrich Mansion will be broadcast live on Bishop Hendricken High School’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Please check social media platforms for links.

+ Should I bring food or snacks?

Yes! We highly encourage families to pack food, drinks, and snacks to enjoy within their vehicle throughout the evening. Dinner overlooking Narragansett Bay at sundown at Aldrich Mansion is highly recommended!

+ What should I wear?

Dress comfortably and casually. Graduates should wear their caps, gowns, honor cords, stoles, and graduation regalia. No formal attire or dress code is required for any attendees.

+ Will there be a rain date?

Rain dates for the event are scheduled for the same weekend: Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th. Move to rain dates will be announced closer to the event, if necessary.

+ What can we do to make the event as fun as possible?

We highly recommend decorating your car, bringing posters, noisemakers, and any other celebratory items you can think of! Car honks and cheers are strongly encouraged.

Important Senior Updates

+ Update to Class of 2020 Conferral of Diplomas - June 10, 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Families:

The coming weeks are going to be very special at Bishop Hendricken. As we continue preparations to honor the Class of 2020 with Hawks’ Last Flight, we have been reviewing guidance on all components of the “new normal.”

In conjunction with the committee planning graduation, we are proud to announce the following adjustments to our drive-in ceremony as part of the Hawks’ Last Flight event. Please note that aside from the below outlined changes, all other facets of the evening remain in place.

For the duration of the speaking program and ceremony at Aldrich Mansion, all graduates will be permitted to sit directly outside of their vehicle in a lawn chair. All graduates should bring their own chair and MUST sit adjacent to the passenger side of the vehicle, where they will have been seated for the drive-thru, to maintain social distancing. Graduates must remain next to their vehicle and will not be permitted to congregate.

Crossing the stage at graduation is the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, not only for graduates, but parents and families, too. Based on the guidance available to us at this point, we have developed a plan for the conferral of diplomas and crossing of the stage at Aldrich Mansion for each graduating member of the Class of 2020.

The conferral of diplomas will take the place of the previously planned video presentation of graduates, which will now premiere on social media the night before graduation for our entire community to celebrate the senior class. Additionally, conferral of diplomas will be contactless and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn by graduates for procession to stage, but may be removed for their reception of diploma, and then put back on for the remainder of the evening. Full, detailed instructions on this process for graduates will be communicated next week and will also be provided during the drive-thru portion of the event on campus.

As we all know, this pandemic is a fluid and ever-evolving challenge with new information, data, and findings each day. If there is a regression of guidance or tightening of restrictions from state and public health officials leading up to the event, we may utilize our original plan and protocol for Hawks’ Last Flight as a contingency.

Please know that we have been diligently working on this event in an effort to keep our students, families, faculty, and staff safe, all while maximizing the experience for the Class of 2020 under the circumstances.

We can’t wait to reunite on June 26th to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the Class of 2020. We’ll see you then!

+ Important Protocol for Senior Locker Clean-Out & Item Retrieval - May 29, 2020

Dear Seniors and Parents,

Please review the following protocols for next week’s senior locker clean-out and item retrieval from campus.

  • All seniors must report to the front parking lot (2615 Warwick Avenue) during their assigned time.
  • All persons must wear a mask or face covering while on campus at any point.
  • All persons in the building (or waiting to enter the building) must maintain a 6-foot social distance from others. For those waiting in line to enter the building, tape markings on the ground will be used to indicate appropriate spacing.
  • Full families will not be permitted in the building. Each student is allowed to bring 1 parent or family member for help, if they so desire.
  • Students needing to access sports lockers must indicate so upon entering the building. A staff member will accompany them to that area.
  • Students are not permitted in any classrooms. A staff member must retrieve items from those areas.
  • Lockers in selected areas of the building will be opened.
  • Unwanted items from lockers must be discarded in the trash receptacles provided.

Students from Warwick, East Providence, Providence, North Kingstown, and out of state must return ALL of their textbooks. If students do not return books at the time of clean-out and retrieval, they will be charged for the purchase of a new one.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Vincent Mancuso, Dean of Academics, at 401.889.5409 or vmancuso@hendricken.com.

+ Class of 2020 Name & Honor Review - May 20, 2020

All graduating seniors should review the following in the document below...

  • Correct spelling of their FIRST, MIDDLE (if applicable), and LAST NAME
  • Proper citation of HONORS (if applicable)

Listed on the review document is the student's name as it appears on his diploma based on the submission of his Diploma Name Form in the Fall. The official name as submitted on that form, and included in this document, is what will appear on his official Bishop Hendricken diploma, and no changes can be made at this time as diplomas are already in-hand.

If you would like to change how your name will read in the graduation program or video presentation, you may submit changes to Ms. Levesque.

If you believe the honors you may be receiving are listed incorrectly on the document, you may submit questions for change to Ms. Levesque.

Any corrections on information for the graduation program or video presentation must be submitted to Ms. Levesque at jlevesque@hendricken.com by Wednesday, May 27th at 3pm. NO EXCEPTIONS! You will receive a response back to confirm that the corrections/changes have been made. If you do not receive the confirmation, the changes were not documented. 

+ Information on Senior Locker Clean-Out, Item Retrieval & Graduation Photos - May 14, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Marciano '75 and Mr. DeCicco '03 on plans for senior locker clean-out, item retrieval, and graduation photos:

Dear Seniors and Parents:

Outlined below is important information on the process we’ve developed for senior locker clean-out, retrieval of items from campus, and graduation photos. It is absolutely imperative that all seniors and their parents review the below information in its entirety. 

Senior Locker Clean-Out & Item Retrieval – June 1st-June 5th
Seniors will have the opportunity to make one visit to campus to clean out their locker and pick up important materials from the school. These visits will take place on a scheduled basis based on students’ last name. Students will only be permitted to come to campus during their allotted times below. No students will be permitted on campus outside of their allotted time slot. Additionally, all seniors MUST wear a face mask or cloth face covering while on campus. No student will be permitted without one. Upon completion of locker clean-out and pick-up of materials, students must immediately depart campus.

During this time, seniors must return:
• Clean out respective locker
• Textbooks that were distributed by Bishop Hendricken (Providence, East Providence, North Kingstown, Warwick & out-of-state students)
• Library books
• Athletic uniforms
• Choir vests & bow ties
• Band instruments borrowed from Bishop Hendricken
• Chromebooks, iPads or any technology borrowed from Bishop Hendricken

Additionally, seniors will receive:
• Cap and gown
• Honors cords
• Physical Forms
• Freshman Year Letter-to-Myself
• Rhode Island Honor Society certificate and pins
• Prom favors
• Senior Mass & Awards Celebration program for Sunday, June 7th

Monday, June 1st
8am-10am: Adamec – Blanchette

11am-1pm: Bolanos – Coffey

Tuesday, June 2nd
8am-10am: Comella – Dolan

11am-1pm: Dzekian – Hanlon

Wednesday, June 3rd
8am-10am: Harrington – Kuprevich

11am-1pm: LeBeau – Meresi

Thursday, June 4th
8am-10am: Mitchell – Peterson

11am-1pm: Petrozzi – Simonetti

Friday, June 5th
8am-10am: Smith – Weekers

11am-1pm: Weidinger – Zhang

Senior Cap & Gown Photos – June 8th
On Monday, June 8th, Maré Studios will be on campus with their mobile trailer to capture photos of every senior in his cap and gown free of charge for use at our drive-in graduation ceremony. These photos will be scheduled for a specific time slot designated solely for each student, and we encourage every senior to have their photo taken. In the coming days, all seniors will receive a postcard in the mail from Maré Studios with notification of their designated time slot for June 8th. Additionally, all students MUST wear a face mask or cloth face covering to campus and may only remove it for their photo. Additionally, families will receive information on purchasing their senior’s cap and gown photo if they wish to.

In the coming week, we will be releasing similar guidance on locker clean-out for all underclassmen. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Vincent Mancuso, Dean of Academics, at 401.889.5409 or vmancuso@hendricken.com.