They weren't able to enjoy the traditional march at the stadium — the trademark of Haverhill High graduations for generations.
They weren't able to drink in the cheers and applause of hundreds of friends and relatives packing the stadium to witness the culmination of years of education.
But still, the Haverhill High Class of 2020 will have plenty of graduation memories to cherish.
The coronavirus crisis caused the Hillie seniors to give up the traditional graduation ceremony, as well as prom and other activities.
In place of those activities, however, came a unique way to celebrate: Each graduate marching individually in front of the Thinker statue at Haverhill High. There, each student received their diploma and had photos and videos taken with their immediate families.
Haverhill High School presented diplomas to graduates during the day on Wednesday, may 27 at the high school instead of the traditional football field location. The graduates picked up their diplomas wearing their caps and gowns on a small stage and had their photos taken with the Thinker statue in the background. 5/27/2020