Graham High School hosts graduate parade for seniors

Graham High School held a parade on Thursday to honor the class of 2020.

“The parade is for grads and their families,” Interim Superintendent Matt Curtis said. “It was planned by Graham Principal Ryan Rismiller in conjunction with district administrators, high school staff and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department.”

Parents were asked to drive a vehicle that was decorated by the seniors for the parade, and they were allowed to wear their cap and gown.

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“It is hoped that this will provide a community celebration for our graduates while maintaining social distancing,” Curtis said.

One senior said she thinks the parade was a great opportunity.

“I appreciate them doing this because I know it’s been really hard for them trying to organize stuff for us because everything’s been canceled,” said Tylor Demmitt. “Having this opportunity is great.”

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Seniors met at the high school at 3:30 p.m. for the parade that traveled through Christiansburg, Thackery, Terre Haute, Westville, Millerstown, Concord, Springhills, Rosewood to end in St. Paris

“I think it’s nice that they’re still trying to do something for kids to celebrate their graduation,” said Liz Lawrence, the parent of one of the graduates. “It’s hard for kids, but I think they’ll be okay.”

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Last week, students and their families came to the school in groups of eight to be video recorded for a virtual graduation ceremony, Curtis said.

“Speeches, etc. were also videotaped and all segments spliced together to make a virtual graduation ceremony video,” he said.

The video was scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Graham Local Schools website and Facebook page.

“We are still hoping to have an in-person ceremony on Aug. 1 at Dallas Stadium, should this be allowed when time comes,” Curtis said.

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