WESTFORD ACADEMY: Class of 2020 Still Hoping for Prom, Graduation Ceremony

Editor’s note: Below is a list of scheduled and possible events planned for seniors to make up for those they lost in the height of COVID-19.

AWARDS CEREMONY
Senior Scholarship Night; Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. Live from Westford Academy.
Senior Awards Ceremony; to be recorded Friday, June 5, 6:30 p.m. Link on WA Website or check Twitter @WestfordAcademy.
TOGETHERNESS
An ice cream social possibly will be held on Aug. 8 on the field behind Westford Academy.
Yearebook signing may take place if the books come in on time. Time to be announced.
PROM
Hoping for Kimball Farm on Aug. 5; time to be announced.
GRADUATION
The ceremony may take place on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. most likely at the WA Trustees Field.  Only the graduates and their immediate family members will be invited. Social distancing will require attendees to sit 6 feet apart and to wear masks.

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The lawn signs are lining three sides of the town Common, every one of them unique, inspiring hope. These are not ads for political candidates. They are the yearbook photos of every graduating Westford Academy senior — the hard-working class which lost everything to a pandemic virus that rendered impossible an early June graduation ceremony and a prom at the Boston Park Plaza hotel.

COVID-19 and the need for social distancing to limit the spread of the virus, took the rites of passage away from the Class of 2020 across the country.

In Westford, some 430 seniors almost all with a college acceptance in hand are waiting to graduate in the same type of ceremony their older brothers and sisters experienced.

But instead, they are frozen in action, waiting for their moment in the sun, when they, too, get to walk up the stage stairs for congratulations and cheers.

A group of educators and student council members are hoping to hold a graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at the WA Trustee Field. A prom at Kimball Farm might be held on Aug. 5.