(WJW) — High school graduation car parades are ready to begin in Northeast Ohio — and we are bringing them to you LIVE!
Due the coronavirus crisis the Class of 2020 isn’t able to have a traditional graduation ceremony, however, that doesn’t mean they aren’t finding ways to honor graduates while social distancing.
This evening, during FOX 8 News at 6 p.m., we celebrated Thomas W. Harvey High Schoo in Painesville and Normandy High School in Parma.
Graduating seniors from Harvey High lined a parade route on Tuesday in their cars while the community offered their congratulations along the route.
Tuesday was supposed to be graduation day for seniors at Harvey High but instead of walking across a stage in their caps and gowns, some parents felt they could honor them with a different kind of procession.
Harvey High School 2020 graduates were invited to decorate their cars and ride in a parade that started at the high school then wrapped around nearby neighborhoods.
“I just want the kids to be excited and see that people care and support them like this is a big deal for them this would have been their graduating night tonight so this is kind of a special evening for them tonight,” said Carla Castell, one of the parade organizers.
Students were asked to ride, not drive, in their decorated cars with only one other person, preferably a family member, driving them.
“I think it’s just as good as walking the stage. It’s getting recognition in general for all the achievements that you have accomplished through your tenure in high school. It’s just a good way to send off without being able to walk out,” said Cameron Chappell, a graduating senior.
Many more communities are planning these car parades and SkyFOX will be there for those, as well.
It’s a special night for seniors. Don’t miss it from your Northeast Ohio graduation station, FOX 8.