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Fenway Park to host graduation ceremonies for numerous Boston Public Schools

Fenway Park will host upcoming commencement ceremonies for numerous graduating classes in the Boston Public Schools system, ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield reports.

The Boston Red Sox offered up its historic ballpark to all 38 graduating classes in the city’s public schools system. Fifteen schools accepted the novel invitation to hold commencement ceremonies at Fenway, as the remaining 23 had already secured outdoor venues in Boston. Some of the other smaller schools that declined had made other appropriate arrangements as well.

“When we learned that so many of the Boston Public Schools were looking to find adequate outdoor spaces to hold their commencement ceremonies, we knew we could help,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said in a statement. “Fenway Park is the perfect outdoor space in the heart of the city and large enough to host teachers, students, and their families in a safe manner. After such a challenging year, this important milestone is one that should be celebrated, and we are pleased to be able to offer our venue to help these seniors celebrate their achievements.”

The commencement ceremonies for the 15 graduating classes will be held between June 7 to June 21, with the celebrations held in the mornings on days when the Red Sox are in town between June 8 through June 14 and have games scheduled.

“I am so excited to celebrate our graduates in-person this year, at ceremonies across the city, alongside BPS families and staff,” Boston Public Schools superintendent Brenda Cassellius said. “Our students have had an incredibly challenging junior and senior year, and yet they continue to persevere toward this important milestone in their life — earning a high school diploma.”

Fenway Park obviously holds an iconic and revered place in Boston’s history and culture. It has hosted countless, unique events over its 109-year history beyond Red Sox games. Just this spring, the ballpark served as a mass vaccination site where over 56,000 people were inoculated.

Fenway Park undoubtedly will serve as an incredibly unique setting for commencement ceremonies. As Cassellius noted in her comments, it has been an extremely difficult last two years for the graduating students due to the uncertainty, disruptions and stress caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Hopefully, the experience of donning a cap and gown on the hallowed grounds of Fenway is something the graduating students will cherish for a long time, especially given how challenging it was for them to arrive at this significant milestone in their educations.