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Graduation 2020

May 29, 2020

To the MCI Community,

Please join us virtually for MCI’s 2020 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 7, which will be live-streamed on MCI’s YouTube Channel.

All of the events listed below will be live-streamed.

At 9:00 am ESDT, the Virtual Ceremony will include speeches, awards, and class videos. The Virtual Diploma Ceremony for all graduates not present to receive their diplomas in person will take place at the end of the morning schedule.

At 12:30 pm in Wright Gym, an in-person Diploma Ceremony, in alphabetic order, groups of 10 graduates (with 2 guests each) will receive their diplomas. Groups will begin every 45 minutes until the last group finishes at 4:00 pm.

At 4:45 pm in front of Weymouth Hall, a Drive-Up Diploma Ceremony will occur. Graduates will receive diplomas through the window of their vehicles.

Hope you can join us online!

Tom Bertrand '90
Dean of Student Life

May 13, 2020

Dear Seniors and Parents/Guardians,

I want to share with you our graduation plans, details and format. The graduation committee has gone to great lengths and taken the time necessary to create a ceremony that will celebrate the Class of 2020 safely while preserving as many MCI graduation traditions as possible. On Sunday, June 7, our graduation will comprise an online ceremony and an in-person ceremony for those who would like to come to campus to receive their diploma.

The online ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and will be live-streamed for guests. A Zoom meeting for the Class of 2020 to participate in the online ceremony and be recognized individually will happen simultaneously for them to enjoy and contribute to the event. The ceremony will include the following components that will be happening live in Wright Gym, on the stage with the traditional backdrop containing the class motto:

  • Invocation and Benediction by the Class Chaplain
  • Addresses from the Salutatorian, Valedictorian, Class President, Commencement Speaker, and Head of School
  • Student Awards
  • Senior Slideshow and Video Celebration
  • Virtual diploma ceremony for students who cannot or choose not to receive their diploma in person

Following the online ceremony, there will be an intermission as we transition to begin the in-person diploma ceremony for students who would like to receive their diploma at school. In order to meet the needs of all students and families who would like to receive their diploma in person, there will be two options to choose from: a traditional diploma ceremony in Wright Gym or a drive-up option to receive the diploma from a vehicle.  

To achieve this and respect the Maine state guidelines of no more than 50 people at a gathering we will conduct in-person diploma ceremony in the Wright Gym ceremony to groups of 10 students at a time with each student being allowed 2 guests (no exceptions) to join them. Students will wear their caps and gown, and the in-person ceremony will be approximately 20-30 minutes. At the conclusion of each session, students and families will exit the gym, and the next group of 10 students and families will enter to go through the ceremony. We will schedule as many groupings as necessary so that all students and families who wish to receive their diploma in this traditional manner have that opportunity.  We will be very structured in this format to assure that we are complying with the guidelines of the Department of Education which you can see here.  All in attendance will need to bring and wear a mask as required per these guidelines.

Following the Wright Gym diploma ceremony, there will be an opportunity for those who would prefer to receive their diploma in person, but not be in a crowd, to participate in a drive up ceremony to receive their diploma from their vehicle. That ceremony will take place in front of Weymouth Hall.

There is still planning to do now that we have determined the very best format possible.  The next correspondence you receive about graduation will be a crucial one because it will contain a Google Form that each student will need to fill out indicating:

  1. Which diploma ceremony (s)he will participate in - Online, Wright Gym, Drive Up
  2. Names of two guests (if participating in the Wright Gym ceremony)
  3. Post secondary plans and other information

That form will be sent out on Thursday, May 14, and will need to be completed and submitted by Monday, May 19. From that survey, the school will put together the groupings of students for the various diploma ceremonies.  Once that is completed, we will know how many groupings we will have for the Wright Gym ceremony and assign times for each grouping that will be communicated back to you no later than May 29. 

We appreciate your patience and your support as we navigate through these uncharted waters.  Our goal has been to make this graduation the best that it possibly can be, and we feel like we have taken the time and involved the people necessary to arrive there. Please feel free to reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns. For efficiency purposes, I am going to direct you to contact Mr. Bertrand directly at tbertrand@mci-school.org if you have questions specific to the ceremonies. He has chaired the committee on this process and is overseeing the details of the ceremony. Otherwise, if I, or your class advisors, can be of assistance, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

More to come. But for now, look for those surveys and get them done so that we can put the final touches on the details of our planning! Take care of yourselves and each other, and let’s look forward to a great celebration of the class of 2020.

Best Regards,

Christopher M. McDonald
Head of School