Watertown High School Graduation to be In-Person, Seniors Will Have Prom, Other Events

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Charlie Breitrose

The Watertown High School’s Class of 2021 will hold an in-person graduation ceremony at Victory Field with no limits on guests. Pictured here, the Class of 2014 celebrates.

Watertown High School’s graduation ceremony will return to Victory Field in 2021, with full attendance, and the senior class will also get to attend prom, the senior barbecue and other events.

The Class of 2021 will graduate on Friday, June 4 at 6 p.m. at Victory Field, announced WHS Principal Joel Giacobozzi on Tuesday.

There had been discussions about limiting the number of guests each student could invite, but with the change in the state’s COVID-19 guidelines the school will not limit the number of people attending the ceremony. School officials also consulted with the Watertown Health Department when making the decision to change the attendee rules.

Those attending must wear masks, Giacobozzi’s announcement said, and will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. While students will not be masked, they will sit socially distanced on the field. Also, the procession from the high school to Victory Field will not take place this year, so students must arrive at the field by 5:30 p.m. A mandatory graduation rehearsal will take place at 10 a.m. at the field.

Once again this year, the graduates will receive lawn signs. Those student who have not received a Class of 2021 yard sign, should see Ms. Linda Tracy in the Guidance Office (linda.tracy@watertown.k12.ma.us).

Senior Events

The graduates can participate in a variety of events this year, aside from the graduation. Students will be required to take COVID tests on May 28 to attend Prom and on June 1 to attend graduation.

Senior Event Schedule

May 27th – Senior Awards Night – Seniors that are invited to awards night should report to WHS Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Live stream begins at 7 p.m.

May 28th – Mandatory COVID testing for those attending prom. Testing will be offered 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at WHS.

June 1st – Prom – Buses leave WHS at 2:30 p.m. All students attending the prom MUST take the bus to and from. Prom is 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

June 1st – Mandatory COVID testing to attend graduation. Students attending prom can be tested while boarding the prom buses, those not attending should come to WHS for a test 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

June 3rd (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE) – Senior BBQ hosted by the PTSO – Victory Field – 6 p.m.

June 4th – Graduation rehearsal – 10 a.m. at Victory Field. All seniors must attend.

June 4th – Graduation (NOTE CHANGES) – Graduation – Seniors report to Victory Field at 5:30 p.m. (no procession). Graduation is at 6 p.m.

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