Letter to the editor: Mt. Abe did a great job with graduation ceremony

I personally want to say thank you to the administration and faculty for everything they did for the graduation on Saturday, June 6. They were so very organized, they all cheered on the graduates as you passed them by, which made them feel special, as they all are special. In these times with the social distancing requirements, graduation seemed like it could be another bleak moment, one these seniors have had to endure, so many times in the last few months of their senior year, missing their last prom, spr … (read more)

MUHS graduates cruise to diplomas

MIDDLEBURY — Four fruitful years at Middlebury Union High School this past Saturday came down to one last meander down the horseshoe driveway fronting a building that had become home away from home for the more than 127 members of the class of 2020. It wa … (read more)

Otter Valley seniors earn their big day

BRANDON — It’s amazing what we can get used to.  For decades each June, graduating seniors and their families, teachers and school officials packed Otter Valley’s gymnasium for the area’s biggest coming-of-age event of the year, high school graduation. It … (read more)

VUHS seniors ride off into their future

VERGENNES — It wasn’t a typical graduation evening for the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2020.  But then what has been typical over the past four months for the class’ 68 seniors, months filled with distance learning and isolation and uncertainty? … (read more)

Congratulations, 2020 graduates!

Like all, we wish to congratulate the seniors at the area high schools — Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes, Otter Valley, Proctor and West Rutland. In the past four years they have delighted packed auditoriums with jazz, orchestral and theatrical perfo … (read more)

MUHS graduates reflect on their senior year

MIDDLEBURY — Commencement ceremonies for the Middlebury Union High School class of 2020 on June 13 were unprecedented — not for being wild and ostentatious, but for being minimalist out of necessity. Due to social distancing requirements during COVID-19, … (read more)

Friends, community give hope to VUHS grads

VERGENNES — Lost traditions and milestones. Challenges and struggles. And ultimately resiliency, hope in the face of uncertain futures, and a greater appreciation for the people in their lives.  Seniors in the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2020 sou … (read more)

Mt. Abe seniors reflect on their weird year

BRISTOL — There have been days over the past two months when Mount Abraham Union High School senior Maizy Shepard would catch herself looking at a clock in her Bristol home, trying to remember what class she would have been in at that moment, if school ha … (read more)

A salute to Otter Valley’s class of 2020

The Otter Valley Union High School administration, faculty and staff took to social media in the days leading up to graduation and left the following messages for the Class of 2020: This year’s senior class, the Otter Valley Class of 2020, showed us how r … (read more)

Mount Abe grads get a unique send-off

BRISTOL — Eighty-one days after their school building was shut down to help prevent the spread of a deadly pandemic — 81 days of remote learning, separation from their friends, canceled extracurricular activities, and anxiety over the fate of their commun … (read more)

College seniors celebrate graduation remotely

MIDDLEBURY — In lieu of what would have been its 218th commencement ceremony, Middlebury College streamed a “Senior Celebration” online Sunday afternoon. “Gather us all,” said Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life Mark Orten from a quiet, empty Mead Chapel … (read more)

Mount Abe plans for drive-up graduation

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Class of 2020 will graduate on June 6, but because of the pandemic their ceremony will look a lot different than those of years past. “(We have been working) to design a graduation format that is within the st … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Class of 2020 deserves some fireworks

This year, on account of school closings, high schoolers in the county will miss a traditional graduation celebration. School officials across the county are working hard to make the graduates’ day a memorable one despite current challenges. I’d like to a … (read more)