Baccalaureate and graduation plans revealed

The church where the June 8 baccalaureate Mass will happen may change and the June 9 graduation ceremony will happen on the Archbishop Carroll football field instead of Cabrini University, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Allison Papantoniou announced today.

The baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for the evening of June 8 at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Media. Assuming the venue does not change, seniors will be allowed to have one guest attend. However, the administration may move the liturgy to a bigger church.

“We are considering one more church that may allow seniors to bring another guest,” Mrs. Papantoniou said during remarks that concluded the St. Patrick’s Day Mass. “We are trying for two.”

Social distancing restrictions aimed at thwarting the spread of COVID-19 have affected the number of guests permitted to attend the baccalaureate Mass.

COVID-19 restrictions also led to changing the graduation venue to Carroll from Cabrini. Cabrini closed its facilities to outsiders as a result of the pandemic, so the seniors will get their diplomas on the football field during a ceremony that will begin 11 a.m. June 9. Each senior will be allowed to have two guests attend. If it rains June 9, the ceremony will happen in the auditorium.

Both the baccalaureate Mass and the graduation ceremony will be livestreamed.

Last year, seniors and their families could not attend a baccalaureate Mass or graduation ceremony at all because of COVID-19 restrictions. Only those seniors who were directly participating in each event, like choir members, could attend in person. Everyone else watched a livestream.