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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

After the rain, the sun appears. These words are telltale of the spring season that Hastings students endured along with the world as a new normalcy was created due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learning went online and traditional spring activities such as sports, plays, musicals, field trips, proms, and concerts were all upended.  


However, creativity sprang to the forefront with drive-by celebrations, virtual award ceremonies, and faculty and student celebratory parades of cars. In the end, the 4th and 8th grade moving up ceremonies were virtual, and graduation was delightfully moved from a virtual ceremony to in-person, albeit with only the students in attendance and socially distanced. 


"Our administrators and their planning committees demonstrated the importance of agility, flexibility, and collaboration as they navigated how to maintain end of year activities and celebrations during these unprecedented times. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make these important year-end traditions and celebrations successful and memorable,” expressed Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, Superintendent of Schools. 


To view the graduation program of the Class of 2020, please click here.


According to HHS Principal Louis Adipietro, the Class of 2020 in-person, student-only, graduation ceremony that was held on upper Burke Field this past Friday was a success. "I was so delighted to have our entire class of graduates together today celebrating their accomplishment. From the beginning, it has been clear that this was the priority of our seniors. I would like to thank the many individuals who worked hard to make today special," said Principal Adipietro. 


Students echoed similar sentiments. "It's exciting to have a ceremony to celebrate all the hard work we've done and to have our moment. There was concern in the beginning as to whether there would be a stage or not, but that doesn't matter. We just wanted to say thank you to the school and the people. I am very happy about having this ceremony," said graduating senior Samar Normand. 


Kojo Sheng said, "Everyone is happy."