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Camden Hills announces graduation plans

Jun 02, 2021
Camden Hills 2021 graduates will march along a mile and a half route through Camden's downtown and residential streets June 7.

CAMDEN — Graduation traditions that bring family, friends and community together are returning to Camden Hills Regional High School this year, as state COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor gatherings are lifted.

The class of 2021, which includes graduating seniors from Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville, will don caps and gowns for the traditional march through town on Monday, June 7.

The route will extend over a mile and a half through downtown Camden and residential neighborhoods to allow spectators to spread out. The map of the march route is attached below.

At 6:30 p.m. seniors will begin marching along Alden, Cross and Central streets, to Main Street. They will continue their march down Main and Elm to Free Street. The march turns on Free Street into the residential area along Pearl and Willow streets. Seniors will walk down Mechanic Street to end the march at Knowlton Street and the Knox Mill parking lot.

This year, graduation will be held June 11, outdoors on Palmer Field, for students and their invited guests, if good weather allows. An outdoor tent will also make the Senior Voices ceremony possible. If ceremonies cannot be held outdoors, they will be held in the Strom Auditorium, which will reduce the number of tickets provided to students for family members and guests.

School officials were able to change plans recently, due to the state ending restrictions on outdoor gatherings.

While last minute changes to graduation plans are not the norm, they came "from our sincere desire to provide as much of a traditional celebration as possible," Principal Shawn Carlson said. "Our motto in school this year was “nimble” and we are once again making the most of the changes that have come our way."

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