by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — With emergency COVID regulations still in place, North Country Union High School’s 171 seniors were honored Saturday with a graduation unlike the school’s 52 previous commencement exercises and likely one that will never be repeated.
Limits on the size of gatherings meant that marching graduates into a gymnasium full of family and friends was not an option.
According to Superintendent John Castle of North Country Supervisory Union, guidance from the state Agency of Education changed several times in the days leading up to the ceremony. Even in their final form the instructions left considerable room for interpretation.
North Country opted for a drive-in ceremony in four stages, with seniors grouped alphabetically according to their last name.
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