High Schools Across The Country Are Turning To Drive-Through Graduations
By : Leila Ettachfini
Source : Vice
On May 22, seniors at George County High School in southeastern Mississippi and their loved ones will get in their cars and head to the class of 2020’s graduation. But once they get there, only the graduates will be allowed to leave their vehicles—and even they will only be allowed to do so one by one as they walk across an empty stage to receive their diplomas.
Students will be given two tickets to the ceremony, one for each vehicle they’re allowed to bring. When they go on stage to get their diploma, the cars full of their family and friends will be able to momentarily park in front of the stage to take pictures and offer support.
While the ceremony will be unconventional, George County High School seniors are not alone. As schools across the country scramble to figure out how to plan a graduation ceremony under the coronavirus pandemic, multiple schools have decided to hold drive-thru graduation ceremonies that allow their seniors to be celebrated while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Students at these schools—many of whom have also had their proms and last few months of classes canceled—are not thrilled. While some are simply frustrated at the situation, others said their schools should have waited to see if an in-person ceremony would have become a possibility in June or July.
Jaye Ladnier, a senior at George County High School, is among those who believe the decision was rushed. “Waiting longer was the more reasonable decision,” he said. “I would've felt like they actually cared.”