Over 150 students graduated on the football field of Catoctin High School (CHS) on June 3, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. The rain held off and the clouds lightened up to reveal the school’s beautiful backdrop just as the ceremony was about to begin.

After beginning the year in a full-virtual mode, the students were welcomed back into the school for hybrid learning in March. The confirmation of a live in-person graduation with guests wasn’t announced until May due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each student was allowed to bring four guests to the graduation ceremony.

The graduation ceremony was also live-streamed to the public and to-date has over 2,300 views. You can watch the ceremony by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzLkirsOq1A.

Seniors lined up in the school and walked down the hill to the field as “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the Catoctin High School Band, under the direction of Evan Felmet. The National Anthem was sung by senior Michael Willard following the presentation of colors by the Thurmont Honor Guard of AMVETS Post 7. Guest speakers for the ceremony were Frederick County Board of Education Board Member Liz Barrett and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban.

Each year, the senior class awards a staff member of CHS the Cougar Paw Award for the impact he/she has made over the students’ four years of high school. This year’s recipient was Evan Felmet, who teaches band, chorus, guitar, drama, and leads the school’s marching band, dramas, and musicals.  The award was presented to Felmet by senior class secretary, Joshua Maze.

Principal Jennifer Clements offered final remarks recognizing the class of 2021 for overcoming the challenges they have seen as students during a pandemic and wished them success for the future.

Excited seniors line up and walk down the hill to the field for their high school graduation ceremony on June 3, 2021.

Over 150 seniors graduate on the football field of Catoctin High School.

The CHS graduation ceremony was live-streamed to the public. Watch the ceremony by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzLkirsOq1A.

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