PASS grads celebrate at distanced ceremony
“Pomp and Circumstance” drifted on the breeze from a speaker at Spillane Field on Thursday afternoon as 12 of the 17 seniors graduating from Wareham’s PASS Program celebrated their graduation in a drive-by ceremony.
The PASS (Pathways to Academic Student Success) program allows students to take night classes to finish high school, often while working full-time or raising a family. The program is open to students from Wareham and the surrounding towns.
In lieu of a more traditional ceremony, the graduates celebrated with family members in a slow parade past the field behind the Multiservice Center.
Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood, PASS Principal Jane Fondulis, Program Coordinator Joe Marcus, and several teachers handed out diplomas from a small booth festooned with balloons.
Each graduate was welcomed with congratulations and cheers from teachers and their family members.
This year’s graduating class includes Myles Fisher, Cody Hobart, Carol Hunt, Victoria Lang, Mary McDermott, Kendall Petrie, Hannah Rowland, Todd Freeman, David Frey, Haylee Hamm, Kyle Sylvia, Korey Valerio, Monique Yancey, Helen Allen-Murdock, Zachary Branquinho, DeSean Walter Cruz, Evan DallaCosta, and Trinity Mello.