New Hampshire School is Using Local Ski Area’s Chairlifts for Socially Distanced Graduation Ceremony

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A chairlift at Cranmore Mountain, NH. Credit: liftblog

A New Hampshire high school will still be holding its graduation ceremony in person while still obeying social distancing measures – by using ski lifts.

Kennett High School in Conway, NH will use a chairlift at Cranmore Mountain to take seniors to the 2,000-foot summit of the mountain to receive their diploma.

“People will ride it up, get their diploma, get a picture of them on the top of a mountain, they’ll go to a different place with a second photographer, and get a pretty amazing backdrop.”

– School principal, Kevin Carpenter

Cranmore, New Hampshire,
Cranmore Mountain, NH trail map

The whole unique experience, riding up, the diploma presentation, photo, and ride down, is expected to take about 30 minutes per student. Those that don’t want to take the chairlift ride will be presented their diploma at the base.

“How cool is it to live in a ski town and graduate at the top of a mountain, by chairlift? It will be a memorable day for sure.”

Cranmore’s director of marketing

Across the country, students have been participating in virtual or altered graduation events during the pandemic. This unique experience will surely provide a day to remember.

Cranmore Mountain, NH

Cranmore Mountain Resort, operating in the summer as Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park, is a ski area located in North Conway, New Hampshire, United States. It began operations in 1937, and was owned until 1984 by the Schneider family. During the late 1980s and 1990s, ownership of the resort changed hands several times; it is now owned by a group of New England businessmen and is undergoing several years of expansion and modernization.

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