To the Holy Names Academy Class of 2020 from Mrs. Liz Swift, Head of School & Principal:
All of your teachers and administrators send their love and support as you adapt to the reality of the governor’s recent order to close schools and extend remote learning for the rest of the year. We know that this is deeply disappointing, and our hearts go out to you. But we also know that you have the resilience, faith, and strength not only to cope with feelings of loss but to rise above them and make the most of a challenging situation.
There are creative ways to celebrate your amazing class in a virtual format, and we plan to hold many of the senior activities as scheduled. In addition to the culminating events this spring, we look forward to a time when your class can gather again in person. This letter will give you some initial information about activities and the remaining weeks of school; as Mrs. Dawson indicated in her e-mail earlier this week, we will send you a survey after Spring Break to gather your ideas.
Graduation – Sunday, May 24
We will proceed with planning for a virtual graduation on Sunday, May 24, as scheduled. We are confident that we can make this a meaningful and memorable experience for you.
Possibility of an In-Person Graduation – Saturday, July 25
If the ban on group gatherings is lifted by early summer, we will plan an in-person graduation celebration for Saturday, July 25. With uncertainty surrounding the availability of a venue for this event, it will likely be an intimate celebration for students and their parents in our HNA auditorium and parlors.
Class Day, Prom, and Baccalaureate
We will also proceed with the planning of a virtual Class Day and Prom Night as scheduled on May 20 and May 22, respectively, and we are counting on your input and ideas. In addition, we are exploring the possibilities of a virtual Baccalaureate.
Daily Schedules, Final Exams, and More
The College Board has rescheduled AP Exams for May 11-22, a week later than originally planned. You can find the complete schedule of exams and formats on the College Board website. This later timeframe necessitates a change in our originally planned schedule for seniors. Specifically:
Daily Classes: Regular daily online classes for seniors will conclude on Friday, May 8. During the AP Exam weeks of May 11-22, teachers will hold virtual office hours for you as you prepare for AP Exams, but no regular classes will be held for 12th graders. Note: Regular classes will be held for the other grades.
Final Exams: There will be no final exams this year for seniors.
Finally, know how much we care for you, how proud we are of each of you, and how much we miss you in these “stay-at-home” days. You are an amazing class with many talents, a deep sense of service and social justice, and a warmth and a spirit of fun that has touched all of us. We look forward to celebrating you this spring and in the years ahead.
May God bless you, today and always.
— Mrs. Swift