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Valdosta High School drive thru graduation 2020

Posted at 6:49 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 18:49:20-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valdosta High School will host a drive-thru graduation this year.

Valdosta High School's drive-thru graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, May 22, beginning at 6:00 pm., and would-be guests are encouraged to watch the ceremony from the safety of their homes.

Valdosta High School, with Valdosta Early College Academy,and Horne Learning Center are working to make the graduation ceremony as special as possible for the phenomenal Class of 2020.

Although it’s not the traditional ceremony, the school hopes it’s still a special moment for all of the graduates, and asks they wear their caps and gowns in the cars.

Families are encouraged to ride in the car with their graduates to participate in the celebration, only one car per graduate. The entire event will be live-streamed so that friends and families can watch safely from their homes, by clicking here.

VHS has the following guidelines for participation:

  • Line up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the main gate of Valdosta High School. Please do not arrive earlier.

Members of the Valdosta Police Department will assist with directions.

  • The procession will officially be led by the Valedictorian (Car 1), Salutatorian (Car 2), and Third Honor Graduate (Car 3).

These students will ride in limousines and their families are encouraged to ride with them.

  • Family members may ride along with their graduates as long as they follow all traffic and safety laws.
  • Graduates should wear caps and gowns and be seated on the passenger side of the cars.
  • Everyone MUST remain inside the vehicle at all times.
  • Cars should pull to the front of the school and give the graduate's full name to the person on the mic.

At this time, graduates will pose for a photo as they are given their diploma.

  • After receiving the diploma, cars are to follow the procession off the campus.

The announced plans for a traditional, face to face graduation ceremony at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Friday, June 26 are still valid and further details will be shared on June 17.