After several revisions to the original plan and utilizing a rain date, Sussex Academy held its first outdoor commencement June 12 for members of the Class of 2020.
Upon approval from the Delaware Department of Education for an outdoor event to include more than 250 people, each of the 96 graduates was able to invite four guests to attend the ceremony. Commencement was also livestreamed on the Sussex Academy Facebook page. All graduates, guests, faculty and technicians wore masks and practiced physical distancing.
To open the program, graduate Sydney Adamcik of Lewes sang the national anthem. Student-elected speaker Milan Patel of Seaford and Head of School Eric M. Anderson both made speeches. The ceremony concluded with the students standing with their families for the turning of the tassel.
The Class of 2020, Sussex Academy’s fourth graduating class, comprised 96 students. In all, 89 percent committed to attend four-year colleges, and all graduates combined were offered a total of $8.2 million in scholarships.
Sussex Academy is a public charter, tuition-free school. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, Sussex Academy will have a main campus and an elementary school campus, both centrally located in Georgetown. The school will serve kindergarten through 12th grade.