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Palm Beach Maritime Academy honors principal who died from coronavirus

Graduating students receive diplomas
Posted at 6:01 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 20:29:49-04

LANTANA, Fla. — A school in Palm Beach County paid their respects Wednesday and celebrated the legacy of their principal who died last month from the coronavirus.

Palm Beach Maritime Academy has set up a memorial to honor the life of former principal Reno Boffice.

Staff at the school are also going to great lengths to honor each senior.

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A day after hosting a virtual graduation, Anthony Andrepot, the school’s dean of students, decided to take it a step further Wednesday with a special delivery.

He and a few faculty members hand-delivered diplomas to each of the graduates at their door step.

Anthony Andrepot, Palm Beach Maritime Academy's dean of students, hand-delivered diplomas to the school's graduating seniors.
Anthony Andrepot, Palm Beach Maritime Academy's dean of students, hand-delivered diplomas to the school's graduating seniors.

The show of support comes at a time when the seniors need it most. Many are still struggling with the loss of Boffice.

"We’re in it with them. We’re going to get through it, and they can still aspire to be anything that they want to be," said Andrepot.

He said Wednesday’s event is also aimed at ensuring their principal’s legacy lives on.

“When we come back, if we come back to the campus, the first thing we’re going to notice is his absence. His presence won’t be there, but his memory will be here forever,” said Andrepot.

This year’s senior class was made up of 32 students, and all of them graduated.