WOODBRIDGE, CT — Popular Connecticut radio station WPLR-FM 99.1 will air this year's Amity Regional High School graduation ceremony at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, station and school officials announced.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, schools in Connecticut and around the country have been closed, and commencement ceremonies have had to take on a different look.
In the case of Amity Regional, which serves Orange, Bethany and Woodbridge, the school will hold a drive-up ceremony to allow students to receive their diplomas. Click here to view information on the ceremony.
"On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, you have the opportunity to participate in the 64th Commencement Exercise at Amity Regional High School--and you will make history," school officials wrote. "The graduation ceremony is a special occasion not only for graduates, but also for family, friends, relatives, and the entire community. We have had to make some obvious changes to this year's ceremony, but we are excited to honor and celebrate you in a unique way that will adhere to current executive orders, keep everyone safe and recognize you for your achievements!"
Students will pick up diplomas throughout the day. WPLR will air a recap of the ceremony at 5 p.m. commercial free.
"We are thrilled to partner with WPLR to celebrate our Amity Seniors," said Amity Regional's Principal Anna Mahon. "This year has brought unique challenges, but the members of the Amity Class of 2020 have the skills and desire necessary to persevere and be agents of positive change. We are thrilled that WPLR will be a part of the formal Amity Regional High School 2020 Commencement programming."
Added Keith Dakin, the station's vice president of Programming, "We have felt incredibly bad for our local high school seniors and we thought this was a great way to honor them. They won’t be able to walk across the graduation stage but they will be able to hear their name over 50,000 watts throughout the state. Who else can say that?"
The graduation can be heard live on air, online at www.wplr.com, or the 991 PLR app.