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New Hampshire High School Plans Ski Lift Graduation

ski diva

Staff member
This is pretty cool:

CONWAY, N.H. (CNN) High school can be a wild ride, and for some graduating seniors in New Hampshire, their diploma comes when they hit the top.

"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," said Kevin Carpenter, the principal of Kennett High School.

The Conway, New Hampshire, high school is planning graduation on chairlifts at the base of Cranmore Mountain. To keep everyone safe, there will be an empty chair between each group.

Plans are in place for anyone who doesn't want to ride a chairlift or if there's rain.


Angel Diva
What a nice way to make it something special for them, especially if they're skiers. If not, well, at least it's out of the ordinary and pretty.


Angel Diva
Certainly going to be very special!

Fairbank Group that owns Cranmore is a family business. They are donating the use of the mountain and the lift. I've always been impressed with the way they run Jiminy Peak. Sounds like there was a fair amount of effort that went into getting approval for the idea. The process is going to take all day in order for graduates and their guests to be spaced out and not rushed when they get to the top to get their diploma and have a picture taken.

May 12, Conway Daily Sun
Kennett plans graduation atop Cranmore
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Carpenter said Ben Wilcox, president and general manager of Cranmore and a 1982 KHS graduate, "has been phenomenal. The Fairbanks (family that owns the resort) have been phenomenal. They're looking for zero dollars from us, they're not looking to charge us anything. They want to be part of doing something special for our kids."
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Getting into brass tacks, graduation will span two days, Carpenter said [Kennett High Principal]. It will begin the evening of Friday, June 12, with a broadcast on Valley Vision (Channel 1301) and online of the traditional speeches and announcements of awards typically presented at graduation ceremonies.

The following day, Cranmore will take center stage (with a rain date of June 14).

Graduates, in alphabetical order, with their guests, will ride the Skimobile Express quad chairlift up the mountain. They will stop at the east bowl with spectacular views of Peaked and Middle mountains, where the graduate will be announced by Carpenter, be presented their diploma, have a photograph taken and be acknowledged by Richard and Conway School Board Chairman Joe Lentini and then proceed to the Meister Hut, where another photo will be taken on the ledges, with Mount Chocorua, the Moats and Mount Washington as a backdrop. Then the group will head back down the mountain.
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