Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review - Graduating members of the Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas near the front of Bainbridge High School Saturday.

Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review - Graduating members of the Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas near the front of Bainbridge High School Saturday.

Drive-thru commencement ceremony set for Saturday

The annual joint Bainbridge and Eagle Harbor high school graduation ceremony is set to be held, though in a modified form, Saturday, June 13.

Traffic delays on High School Road and in the immediate area surrounding Bainbridge High School are likely to occur between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Maintaining social distancing and current government guidelines, school officials said, are the reasons for the revised ceremony.

“Students will begin lining up in the aquatic center parking lot at 10 a.m. and they will leave in shifts to drive to the front of BHS,” said Bainbridge Island School District spokeswoman Erin Bischoff.

The last shift is slated to depart at 12:45 p.m.

Graduates will go in individual cars from the parking lot of the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center along Madison Avenue to the roundabout, then go right on High School Road, with each car pulling into the front drop-off zone by the school’s flagpole for the presentation of diplomas.

School officials have instructed that only the actual graduate will exit the vehicle, recommending that adults drive with graduates in the front passenger side to facilitate speedy exit and re-entry.

Graduates should wear their cap and gown.

A video commencement ceremony will be posted to the school district’s website, Bischoff said, around 3 p.m. that day.

According to school officials, “The video of the commencement program will follow the traditional ceremony format — including speeches and performances — to the best degree possible via prerecorded video. Each member of the Class of 2020 will be featured during the reading of the Class Roll, with one or two photographs and a personal quote of choice.”

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