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When schools feels like family: John Paul II drive-thru graduation for class of 2020

Posted at 11:19 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 23:19:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — St. John Paul II Catholic High School held a drive thru graduation ceremony for high school seniors Thursday evening.

It's the new normal, for now anyway.

"It's just so different and weird, but I feel so great inside because I made it," said Wreylon Moye, a 2020 graduate at St. John Pail II High School.

The drive thru graduation is exactly what JPII seniors and teachers needed.

"Seeing them online isn't horrible, but seeing them in person is so much better," said Ariel Armstrong, a JPII graduate. "You can see their smiles more clearly."

"We just thought it would be really nice to see them because we haven't seen them in weeks, and we miss their faces," said Joanna Copenhaver, the principal at JPII.

It was small graduating class for JPII with 35 seniors. This group is more like a family.

"We had a senior retreat at the beginning of the year, with the new students getting to build relationships with their classmates," Copenhaver said. "They were continuing to build those, and then to have spring break and not be able to come back to school with their classmates has been a challenge."

It was a challenge that this group of seniors made the best of.

"I haven't really seen many of them, except for my close friends, so it was nice to see some of their faces again," said Ashley Zapata, a JPII graduate.

"It was kind of sad to not actually be with them one last time in person," Moye said. "But it's like we all still came together as one big family, so, like, I love it."

The high school also celebrated the class of 2020's last day of school with a parade in cars and virtual mass.