Pottsgrove Graduates its Class of 2020, on Video

Senior Korbin Dorris (at top) picks up his diploma as he crosses the high school stage

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Scenes of Pottsgrove High School seniors enjoying themselves – during its fabled Color Day, at dances, in assemblies, and otherwise involved in the routine of school life – open the recently released video of the 64th annual commencement ceremony for its Class of 2020. It appears on Vimeo, here; on YouTube (above), and also is being broadcast during June (2020) on PCTV Channels 22 and 28.

In what may be an even more encouraging sign for the graduates, Pottsgrove also has tentatively scheduled live commencement exercises for July 24 or Aug. 14 (both Fridays), as well as tentative dates for live rehearsals, their prom, and senior awards ceremonies. Exactly when and where those in-person events might happen remains to be finalized.

In introductory comments, Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler acknowledges the virtual commencement ceremony “makes the best of a difficult situation” posed by the coronavirus pandemic. But the special event, he added, allows the community “to celebrate the achievements of our seniors” while looking ahead in hopes of soon bringing the same ceremony to Pennypacker Field at the stadium on the high school campus.

The production includes remarks by Class President Collin Deckert, Valedictorian Hannah Waldt, Salutatorian Abigail Dzordzorme; comments by Ziegler on “the value of relationships,” Pottsgrove school board member Jim Lapic on “things not going as planned,” and district Superintendent Dr. Bill Shirk’s observation on “perseverance and patience.”

Then Shirk certifies the class for graduation, and seniors begin their march for their diplomas and into the next chapters of their personal histories.

The video closes with a rendition of “The Bones,” a song performed by seniors Collin Foley, Nicole Lebon, Mackenzie VanHorn, Lauren Weller, and Raelyn Schon; and Ziegler’s final urging seniors to go outside, throw their graduation caps into the air, and “make as much noise as possible.”

Video and photo supplied by the Pottsgrove School District