Dear Class of 2020 Families,
We are thankful to all of you for your input, creativity, support, and for urging us to work together, to ensure every option has been thoroughly thought through and considered.
In collaboration with the entire senior class, who contributed their voices to the deliberations around graduation, we have made the decision to hold a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 6th. At the request of the senior class, CRMS is also committed to planning a special commemoration celebration on campus during summer 2021, when the likelihood of holding an in-person event is greatest.
At their meeting last week, the seniors’ vision was clear and united; they expressed an overwhelming desire for a ceremony that was equitable to all of their classmates located in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the world and one that was in concert with the safety practices of managing COVID-19. The seniors felt socially and morally responsible to do their part in this pandemic to help protect each other, their families, and the greater community. The Graduation Committee was impressed and proud of the way the sentiments of our seniors reflect on the CRMS value of understanding the responsibilities they have to themselves, their communities, and the greater world.
Currently, state and local authorities will only allow in-person gatherings of 10 or fewer people. As these orders are gradually being loosened, Jeff Leahy will continue to communicate with local public health officials. Since we are committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 on Saturday, June 6th, until we can come together in-person again, we have decided to move forward and make plans based on what we know today.
Finally, many of the ideas you shared will be incorporated into the virtual ceremony and may still be relevant as we create a plan for a future in-person commemoration.
Thank you again for your feedback and support. We are excited now to move forward and jump into planning a special and creative virtual celebration, unique to the Class of 2020. Please keep an eye out for further communications about senior activities and graduation details in the days ahead.
The Class of 2020 Graduation Committee
Jennifer Ogilby, Dean of Students
Kayo Ogilby, Faculty
Beth Smith, Alumni and Parent Relations Manager
Aimee Yllanes, Marketing and Communications Manager
Betsy Bingham-Johns, Director of College Counseling/Senior Project Coordinator
Eric Krimmer, Director of Technology
Vince Kunawicz ‘20, Co-Agenda President
Wyatt Smetzer ‘20, Co-Agenda President