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Graduation Celebrations Mark End of Unprecedented School Year

Chesapeake Conference schools held graduation ceremonies this past week as they marked the end of an unprecedented school year due to the challenges of COVID-19.

Chesapeake Conference’s 10 schools completed the 2020-21 school year through both online and in-person learning. Six schools maintained in-person education all school year, two schools utilized a hybrid model and two other schools offered mostly virtual learning, as each school navigated the challenges of COVID-19 in their local community.

“Administrators and teachers are to be commended for their perseverance, dedication and ingenuity in providing for a Christ-centered and engaging academic program, throughout this unprecedented year,” says Renee Humphreys, associate superintendent of schools for Chesapeake Conference. “It is because of the presence of the Holy Spirit and God’s faithfulness and care that our schools continue to move forward with a spirit of excellence, compassion and love.” 

Highland View Academy (Hagerstown, Md.) and Spencerville (Md.) Adventist Academy held celebrations for their graduating senior classes over the weekend to commemorate the achievements and perseverance of their graduates.

“The Chesapeake education department is so proud of our 63 high school graduates of the class of 2021,” says Janesta Walker, superintendent of schools for Chesapeake Conference. “They have met challenges that most will never encounter, as a year and a half of their high school experience was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in spite of the losses and difficulties they have faced, they have succeeded and crossed the finish line. With God by their side, we know they will make a positive impact on the world.” 

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