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
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.
Friday, June 26th
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.
Friday, June 26th
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.