Although this year is unlike any other as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, DuBois Central Catholic is providing as close to a normal rite of passage for its seniors as possible, according to DCC President Gretchen Caruso.
The tradition of a senior walk began with 2016 DCC graduate Tessa Sayers when she came up with the idea for her class.
Seniors walk throughout the school complex to say good-bye to faculty members and younger students they may have taught through cross-generation learning.
This year, seniors were in their school uniforms, as in past years, but seniors also wore masks in DCC colors, sewn by Ted and Laurie Fitzer, owners of Joe’s Tux Shop in memory of Victor E. ‘Gene’ Samanka.
DCC mask decorations were created by faculty member, Susie Maurer. They carried banners made by Mrs. Michele Burley, Elementary Administrative Assistant representing the colleges they will be attending.
Walking socially distant as mandated, they bid farewell to faculty members and administrators who also wore masks.
Students were able to sign each other’s dress shirts just as the classes before them have done and they cleaned out their lockers for the last time.
This year though, to receive their caps and gowns for graduation on June 7th, they didn’t walk into the office for their ‘bag of graduation attire’, but were surprised to see their caps and gowns hanging up in the senior hallway with pictures of their faces attached to the caps. Another great idea from Mrs. Burley.
The details for Graduation Activities for the Class of 2020 have been set, but are subject to change if social distancing guidelines are updated. “We are so proud of our DCC Seniors. The class of 2020 is truly remarkable and we want nothing more than to give our seniors the ceremony they have earned.”, said Caruso.
On June 6th Baccalaureate Mass will be made available to all Seniors, their families and friends online with Father David Whiteford as celebrant. The Awards Assembly will be done as a virtual Zoom session with Seniors and their parents. DCC administration will award scholarships, academic, and athletic recognitions as students and their families sit in the comfort of their homes.
Seniors will be assigned a time to arrive to the school with their immediate family for their Sunday, June 7th graduation exercises. They will arrive dressed in their cap and gown, ready to receive their diploma. Parents will be given an opportunity to take photos. Social Distancing Recommendations will be enforced according to the guidelines for Clearfield County according to Governor Wolf.
Students who will be making speeches will also have an opportunity to speak in front of their family. DCC has hired a professional videographer, Kevin Flounlaker of Lake View Visuals to tape Baccalaureate, the Awards Assembly and graduation and create a graduation DVD which will be given to the seniors.