June 25, 2020 – The sky was dark and thunder rumbled in the distance, but bright sun bathed James Weir Stadium last night as the BVA Class of 2020 was honored with a traditional albeit modified commencement ceremony.

    Students born in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy received their diplomas in the middle of yet another nationally historic disaster, the Covid-19 pandemic that resulted in cancellation of in-school spring semester classes, athletics, other activities and normal graduation events.
    Attendance was limited to ticket holders, who were required to wear masks, sign waivers and take a temperature test. Compliance with rules was impressive among spectators anxious to witness this milestone in the education of 173 seniors.
    The board of education always wanted what the students wanted:  A traditional, in-person graduation. With the help of parents, students and staff, everyone found a way to make it happen, albeit with the restrictions.
    The BVA Class of 2020 adopted a timely, appropriate motto:  “United in distance, forged in uncertainty, strengthened by adversity, remembered in history.”
    Several students have already reported for military duty, but most of them can now begin work, careers, technical training and high education.
    The board of education congratulates all graduates and gives a special shout-out to those who have earned honors, high honors, highest honors, departmental awards, scholarships and other special recognition.
    The board of education also extends a big “thank you” to administration, staff, parents, students, security personnel, volunteers and all others who made last night’s event possible in the most challenging of times.