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Senior class events to include graduation

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on June 24, 2020


There is lots of preparation underway for events celebrating the Bethlehem Central High School Class of 2020. A team of parents, student government representatives, faculty and staff have been hard at work making sure this milestone for students is a memorable one. As information and details become available, they will be posted and updated here.

Diploma Ceremonies – June 26

We are excited to announce that due to Governor Cuomo’s announcement allowing graduations with up to 150 people, BCHS will be hosting small diploma ceremonies at BCHS. There will be nine sessions held throughout the day. Students in each session are allowed to bring two family members to watch the ceremony in person. Please read these important rules and guidelines.

This event is not open to the public, however, on Friday, June 26, you can watch the festivities live on YouTube. The first of the livestreamed ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes. Families have been notified of their student’s scheduled time to arrive and receive their diploma. A full schedule of students and the time of the Diploma Ceremony they will be participating in will be posted here on Thursday, June 25.

At night, the graduation festivities will culminate with a virtual graduation at Jericho Drive-In that includes speeches from students, administrators and more. The evening will end with fireworks at the Drive-In. The evening event begins at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. The evening event is not open to the public. Only one car per senior family will be allowed due to the Drive-In capacity.

Graduation Parade – June 25 – NEW DATE & DETAILS!

This “reverse parade” is scheduled to take place at BCHS on Thursday, June 25th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Students and families will follow a parade route by car, around the BCHS campus. Teachers from throughout the district have been invited to cheer on our graduates along the route. Student Fatheads, balloons, and various decorations will line the route!

Families are asked to enter the parade route on VanDyke Ave by entering from the Bypass (Route 32). Videos of the route can be viewed below:

Every senior will have a square to decorate for the parade. Come to the school on Thursday to decorate, but you must select a time at the link below:

This parade event is not open to the public.

Senior Awards – June 12

Gather your friends and family for a viewing party where the most coveted awards at BCHS are announced. More than 100 students will be honored. Those receiving awards will be notified ahead of time but they won’t know which award they will be receiving until it is announced. Don’t miss these awards as they are announced online.Following the Awards Ceremony our Music Department will highlight our seniors.

Caps & Gowns Arrive in Syle – June 15, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Delivered to your door in a yellow school bus by BCHS teachers and administrators, students will receive their cap and gown, their Senior Shirt and the Class of 2020 Yearbook.The teachers will travel by school bus, with a fire department escort. There will be balloons and music as the cap-and-gown bus caravan makes its way through our neighborhoods.

Virtual Senior Ball – June 6, 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to dance as a virtual DJ spins tracks for the BC Class of 2020. Seniors will have an opportunity to send in photos they would like shared during the event. In your Senior Ball attire? One of your favorite photos of you and your friends? There will also be special video messages from BCHS teachers that will play in between tracks.

  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – A invite will be sent through email to all seniors

This is an individual event to watch with your family and we are not encouraging students to gather in groups.

Estimated arrival times have been emailed. If you are not home bags will be returned to the high school and available for pickup during the Senior Chromebook return date.

Spotlight on the Class of 2020

The district is working with the community’s weekly newspaper, The Spotlight, to feature the names and photos of members of the Class of 2020. There will be ways for community members and parents to add messages to this display of community pride. Here’s how you can participate:

Chromebook return – June 18

Not so much fun as necessary, on Thursday, June 18 seniors will drop off their Chromebooks. The school will collect Chromebooks from seniors throughout the day. Please pay close attention to the schedule and the directions for drop off. They can be found here:

BCHS Senior Lawn Signs – Ongoing

Thank you to the BCHS PTO for helping our students and families mark this special occasion with a sign to display at home. If you are a student who has not received a sign yet, please email Mr. Doemel at

Donate to Celebrate – May 27

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the high school on Wednesday, May 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All timeslots are filled, thanks to this video appeal by the senior class. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still donate. Check out the American Red Cross website for other opportunities in the Capital Region.

iHeart Radio Celebration in June

Listen for special BC shout-outs on radio stations 99.5 The River, KISS 102.3 and Wild Country 99.9.

Senior Banquet – June 4

Members of the senior class can celebrate safely alongside their friends at the Jericho Drive-In, where they can sit back with a free box of popcorn and view a Senior Slideshow. Because it’s on the big screen, the event will take place after dark. Faculty and staff will serve as chaperones on-site to reinforce social distancing rules and ensure student safety.

Please read this important information about the June 4 Senior Banquet.