A graduation unlike any other

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Less than a month ago, the class of 2020 believed that the only graduation ceremony they would be able to participate in would be a virtual one due to crowd restrictions to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus. But thanks to the ingenuity of their fellow seniors, as well as the approval of the state boards of health and education, a drive-thru ceremony was able to be held at the four high schools in the South-Western City District. On May 23, hundreds of graduating seniors were able to participate in a not-quite-traditional ceremony where, once they were allowed to exit their vehicles, they were able to walk across the stage wearing their caps and gowns to collect their diploma covers and have their pictures taken. Though many said the event wasn’t what they have dreamed about since their freshman year, they were thankful to have this opportunity. Here, proud mother Penny Lykins poses with her son, Thomas after his ceremony. She was wearing a number of pins with his face on them, taken throughout the years as he participated in the Grove City High School Marching Band.
Grove City High School student Reece Holmes celebrates after collecting his diploma cover by making the traditional cap toss.
Natalie Jude created this homage to Dory, the forgetful fish in “Finding Nemo.” The soon-to-be student at Ohio University said she would miss her friends and being in the school’s color guard the most.
Ashton James pulls up to the ceremony in a fully decked out car.
Many vehicles were adorned with balloons, garland and messages of support, like this one.


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