Hampton seniors to be honored with belated graduation Saturday

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Hampton Class of 2020 seniors will put on their cap and gown for a second time Saturday, honorees at a graduation ceremony open to the community.

Hawk seniors were honored May 9 in a more abbreviated ceremony limited to immediate family members. With COVID restrictions now more relaxed, Supt. Holly Herzberg said the time is right for a larger celebration.

“This is a unique time in history and I am very proud of how the Class of 2020 has handled all the uncertainties and disappointments during the last three months,” she said. “I look forward to properly honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of this group of students.”

Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

“We ask all graduates, family members, and friends who plan to attend to please self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, etc.) and do not attend if you are not feeling well,” Herzberg added. “We encourage attendees to wear cloth face coverings while entering and exiting the building when a six-foot social distance with others may not be possible.”

Lydia Dose and Rachel Rust will give their speeches as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Both gave their speeches in a taped recording in May and will now get to share their thoughts with a live audience.

It’s been a week for belated celebrations in Hampton, as students gathered for prom Friday as well.

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