Community invited to support Monument graduates

In a letter to the editor, Kristi Farina and Peter Dillon writes, "We’d love to see our community line the route in a socially distanced way with masks on and make a lot of noise in admiration of our graduates."

To the editor:

On Sunday, June 7, 110 students will be graduating from Monument Mountain Regional High School. We invite you to join us in celebrating the exceptional Class of 2020.

For the past week, we have been filming groups of three to four students walking across our stage to receive their diplomas. We’ve enjoyed conversations with those students and their families. The footage is being incorporated into a virtual graduation, which will air on CTSB and stream Sunday, June 7, at 10 a.m. The stream will be available at www.mmtv.us or at ctsbtv.org/education-ch-1302.html by clicking on the green “Watch” button. If you have Spectrum cable service, a high-quality version of the ceremony will air on channel 1302. Later in the day, a high-quality version will be available at www.mmtv.us for anyone to view or download. The link will also be available on the Monument Mountain website. For those who live to the north of our three district towns, we will also share the file with PCTV.

After the virtual ceremony, students and families will gather at Monument to receive their diplomas “drive-thru style” and start a car parade. We anticipate the parade will depart at approximately 1:30 p.m., heading north to Stockbridge, then to West Stockbridge, through Housatonic and ending on Main Street in Great Barrington. Exact route details can be found here.

We’d love to see our community line the route in a socially distanced way with masks on and make a lot of noise in admiration of our graduates. We recommend signs, pompoms, cowbells, fog horns, pot lids, old drums and anything you can come up with. If you have it, wear Spartan gear or maroon and white.

Once again, please consider joining us in celebrating some remarkable young people with love and admiration as they step out into an uncertain world.

Thanks in advance,

Kristi Farina, principal, Monument Mountain Regional High School
Peter Dillon, superintendent, Berkshire Hills Regional School District