One year ago, there was a question as to what events could happen for Pal-Mac students. State health guidelines to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic made the prospect of an in-person graduation unthinkable. Yet, school staff, families, and community members created a strong partnership to execute a graduation plan that would ensure the inclusion of family, a core value of Pal-Mac.
The drive-in style graduation for the Class of 2020 involved volunteers from the Pal-Mac Rotary and Lions Clubs. First responders, technology experts, departments of public works, school staff members and parents worked together to create an experience to honor the Class of 2020. And in true Pal-Mac fashion, numerous community members, even those who no longer have children in school, came out to support the Class of 2020 as they paraded through the streets in a celebratory procession of vehicles. On this day, authentic pride in our community was on display. Thank you Pal-Mac for your enthusiasm and support one year ago!
Fast forward to this year, and a similar celebration is underway throughout our community for the Class of 2021. Banners honoring seniors will line main streets in Macedon and Palmyra. Students experienced prom in an amazing venue that, at sight, was something out of a storybook as Pal-Mac staff, families and Fair directors rose up to support our students and transform the Wayne County Fairgrounds to allow our students to experience prom. Parent volunteers have worked endlessly to create a last bash event for seniors. Our community, once again, is going the extra mile to make our students feel special.
Graduation for Pal-Mac’s Class of 2021 will be held on Friday, June 18 at 3 p.m. Resulting from the creativity and hard work of Pal-Mac staff, parents, and community volunteers, members of the senior class and their family members/guests will celebrate in a unique drive-in style graduation that follows state health protocols but maximizes guest attendance. When graduates give speeches or walk across the stage to receive their diploma, they will be displayed on high-resolution screens to be seen by all in the crowd. Audio systems will be in place to ensure families can hear the ceremony and the announcement of the graduates on the momentous day. The ceremony will also be live streamed at: www.palmaccsd.org/2021graduation.
Much like last year, we ask the Pal-Mac community to come out on June 18 to the streets of the Village of Palmyra (Foster, Canandaigua, Main), practice existing health guidelines, and honor the Class of 2021 as their families parade graduates following the ceremony (approx. 3:45 p.m.).
Pal-Mac’s commitment to its community and its children has been on display and will undoubtedly continue to honor the Class of 2021 in the coming days.
Thank you Pal-Mac for your commitment to our students and our future.
High School Principal