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Tenth Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, the Seventeenth of June Two Thousand and Twenty
Six O'clock p.m.
EASTCONN Central Office
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT

Order of Exercises

  • Processional ..................................... Class of 2020
  • Welcome .......................................... Sarah Mallory, Principal, ACT
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker ....... Sarah Mallory, Principal, ACT
  • Keynote Speaker ....................................................
  • Senior Class Salutatorian .......... Jillian Romagnano, Class of 2020
  • Senior Class Valedictorian .............. Aurora Buswell, Class of 2020
  • Conferring of Diplomas ..................... Sarah Mallory, Principal, ACT
    • Anna Hilbie, School Counselor, ACT with presentations of David J. Calchera, Principal's Award, Katie Jackson, Florence Caillard and PACT Scholarships
  • Closing Remarks .............................. Sarah Mallory, Principal, ACT
  • Recessional .......................................Class of 2020

It is kindly requested that audience members remain quiet so all graduates’ names can be heard. Please refrain from honking your horn until all seniors have crossed the stage.

Class of 2020

Carl Arthur Baker Jr. ............... Acting Willimantic
William Beaudry ...................... Acting - Willimantic
Maria Violet Bonanno ................ Acting - Uncasville
Martha Brewster ............. Acting - North Stonington
Cailean Mackinnon Brown .. Audio/Video - Lebanon
Olivia Beverly Pauline Burelle ......... A/V - Hampton
Aurora Buswell ........................... Acting - Andover
Lia Casadei ................................ Dance - Windham
Rachel Lynn Charron .... Creative Writing - Plainfield
Sierra Lynn Cunningham ......... Acting - Willimantic
Vanessa Delgado Gomez ........... Dance - Willimantic
Mark DiMauro .................... Audio/Video - Lebanon
Denard Alonzohill Dunlap .... Audio/Video - Taftville
Tiani Gardner ............................... Dance - Norwich
Jesse Gillett ....................... Audio/Video - Coventry
Diamond Rose Green .. Theater Production - Putnam
India Harper .......................... Dance - New London
Ian R. Harris ..................... Audio/Video - Plainfield
Casandra Lee Hernandez .... C. Writing - Willimantic
Trevor Howard ......................... Acting - Colchester
Angeleek Sally Aza Jones .............. Dance - Norwich
Noah J. Kaiser ....Theater Production - Marlborough
Rianna Landon .............. Audio/Video - Manchester
Ellis McGinley-Knapp ..... Creative Writing - Ashford
Bailey McMaster ......................... Acting - Plainfield
Samuel Merritt .......... Theater Production - Norwich
Madison Rae Nelson ..................... Dance - Windsor
Leilany Ramos ........ Audio/Video - South Windham
Nayeli Evangelyne Ramos ............ A/V - Willimantic
Jillian Kathryn Romagnano ........... Acting - Putnam
Lauren Elizabeth Ruggiero ...... C. Writing - Andover
Evalyn Darby Stinson ....... Audio/Video - Mansfield
Summer Grace Stoddard ............. Acting - Hampton

The Capitol Theater

Located in the heart of busy, downtown Willimantic, the historic Capitol Theater is a beautifully renovated, former movie and vaudeville theater. Today the Capitol Theater houses ACT, EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater performing arts magnet high school. 

Originally built in 1926, the Capitol Theater eventually closed its doors in 1973. Abandoned for nearly 30 years, the theater was returned to life in 2002, when EASTCONN and its state and local partners began a $17-million renovation. The facility re-opened in 2004, with the purpose of housing EASTCONN’s arts magnet high school, Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT). The theater features newly restored art deco interiors, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, classrooms, theaters, studios as well as the latest technology and teaching equipment. 

Facts about the Capitol Theater:

  • The $500,000 theater, a “Vaudeville and Movie Palace,” opened to the public on January 21, 1926 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The opening night movie, or “photoplay” was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayers’ “His Secretary” starring Norma Shearer. MGM had the contract to show only its movies at the Capitol Theater.
  • Patrons also enjoyed five vaudeville acts, including a unicycle troupe and comedians.
  • The Capitol Theater was designed by local architect, Archibald Sharpe. Sharpe’s contemporary design consisted of pressed brick in straight lintel construction.
  • The interior was decorated by Willimantic resident Michael Farell who based all the colors in his design on “nature.”
  • The Capitol abandoned its vaudeville shows in the early 1930s and concentrated on new “soundies.”
  • The curtain came down for good on October 20, 1973, with little acclaim.
  • The final movies shown were “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Paper Moon.”
  • Main Street Café/Willimantic Brewing Company opened their original restaurant in the theater lobby in the early 1990s.
  • The light fixtures leading into the theater and in the mezzanine were saved from the original lobby.
  • The carpet pattern in the theater is replicated from the original carpet.
  • The “Capitol” letters in the lobby were part of the original marquee.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

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Arts at the Capitol Theater
896 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: 860-465-5636
Fax: 860-465-8115