BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Cari Doutre – June 1, 2021
Bear River High School will be making big changes to how the school’s graduation commencements were conducted as compared to years past.
“In 2020, the graduating class was forced out of routine and not allowed to come to school or have a typical traditional graduation. As a school and administration team, we were forced to find another way to fill needs and show support. These changes and alterations made for the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 may be a huge blessing in disguise for our future graduating seniors at Bear River High School,” as stated by Bear River High’s administrators in a May 2021 letter to parents.
Instead of graduating seniors and friends and family members traveling to Utah State University in Logan, as it was done in years past, this year Bear River High’s Class of 2021 will participate in three events considered part of Graduation Week or Senior Week during the last week of school, June 1-3.
“In combination with our Student Government students and administration, we would like to propose a better way to honor our graduates by keeping them home at BRHS, having multiple opportunities to be recognized in the building and community where they have spent so much time and effort. We want to celebrate our students at Bear River High School,” stated Bear River High.
Graduation events will begin June 3, 2021, with a senior class motorcade starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Box Elder County fairgrounds in Tremonton that will end at Bear River High.
More information on the motorcade below.
Then it’s time for the traditional graduation commencement – the serious part.
It was stated earlier in the school year that the Bear River High football field could be one possible location for this year’s graduation ceremony, but it all depended on one factor – turf. Bear River High started upgrading the football field from grass to turf last week making it unusable for this year’s graduation ceremony.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. and broken down into six 15-minute pre-selected time slots, graduating seniors will cross the stage at Bear River High’s auditorium in their caps and gowns to receive their diplomas from school administrators and other local dignitaries. Each graduate is allowed 10 guests to attend this part.
“Upon exiting the stage, we will have a special photo opportunity for parents and family to get a nice picture. This was an area that received so much positive feedback last year. This event will be recorded and combined to be given to students for family, relatives and friends to view,” as stated in the letter.
After receiving their diplomas graduates and their guests will be allowed to walk the halls of Bear River High in a designated path where teachers at the school will be waiting to greet them.
“This is a great experience for parents and families to see and observe the connection between students and teachers. We will also have special and unique photo opportunities along the way to get memories captured,” the school added.
At 7:30 p.m., graduates will gather in the Bear River High gym for more traditional commencement events including speeches from class valedictorians and much more. Only four guests per graduate will be allowed to attend this event.
Bear River Live, a local multi-media company, will be livestreaming all of Bear River High’s 2021 graduation commencement events starting at 5:30 p.m. It will also be recorded for future viewing as well. Click on the link below to watch the livestream.
Also new this year, an all-night party for graduating seniors that will be held at Bear River High School on June 3, starting at 10 p.m. It will end at 5 a.m. on June 4.