ST. DAVID — The St. David Class of 2020 will be celebrating graduation with an evening parade on Thursday followed by a drive-in ceremony. Graduates and their immediate families are encouraged to ride down the parade route in decorated vehicles, with the graduates wearing caps and gowns, the girls in white and the boys in blue.

“We will have a graduation parade on North Miller Lane this Thursday, and ask that participants arrive on West Merrill Drive at 6:30 p.m. to get vehicles lined up and ready to go,” said Senior Class President Kyra Richardson, who also is the salutatorian. “Our goal is to line North Miller Lane with supportive family and friends that have been a part of our lives through the years.”

While the graduates are welcome to invite as many people as they wish to watch the parade as it moves along Miller Lane, spectators are urged to remain in their vehicles because of social distancing guidelines, Richardson said.

Twenty-six seniors will be graduating this year, with one vehicle per graduate in the parade.

“The parade will be followed by a ceremony for graduates and immediate families only,” said St. David Principal Andrew Brogan. “The parade vehicles will go to the school parking lot to the 1938 building where families are asked to remain in their automobiles to watch the ceremony as each student gets recognized individually.”

The ceremony is expected to start at 8, but the time depends on how long it takes all the vehicles to get through the parade.

After each graduate receives a diploma, there will be a program, complete with speeches by Valedictorian Jorja Moore and Richardson, along with a slideshow where every member of the class is featured.

“These seniors have worked hard for four years and have accomplished so much through their time in high school,” Brogan said. “They’ve poured their hearts into their classes and school. We’re proud of all of them, and are pleased that during these tough times, we have found a way to honor their hard work and commitment.”

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