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FWCS to celebrate high school graduates with drive-thru parades

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The state's biggest school corporation announced how they will celebrate high school seniors this year who won't have a traditional in-person graduation celebration.

In lieu of a packed house at the Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne Community Schools will instead hold a parade for graduates as they pick up their diplomas.

The school said they had to cancel the traditional graduation ceremony for fears of spreading COVID-19.

READ MORE: Fort Wayne Community Schools to cancel all graduation ceremonies

Seniors have already picked up their caps and gowns.

On June 4, 5 and 6, each high school will cheer on their graduates on their scheduled graduation date.

Students are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns and decorate their vehicles for the event.

FWCS said families can be in the vehicle with students, but there is a limit of one vehicle per graduate.

School officials also said participants must remain in the vehicle at all times and follow the parade route established by the school.

Here's the schedule:

Thursday, June 4

  • Wayne High School, 6-8 p.m.: Vehicles enter from Winchester Road and follow the bus lane. Last names A-G – 6-6:40 p.m.; Last names H-O – 6:40-7:20 p.m.; Last names P-Z – 7:20-8 p.m.

Friday, June 5

  • North Side High School, 4-7 p.m.: Vehicles enter from Northside Drive and follow the circle drive. Last names A-G – 4-5 p.m.; Last names H-O – 5-6 p.m.; Last names P-Z – 6-7 p.m.
  • Northrop High School, 5-8 p.m.; Vehicles enter from Cook Road. Last names A-H – 5-6 p.m.; Last names I-R – 6-7 p.m.; Last names S-Z – 7-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

  • Snider High School, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Vehicles enter from the west on Fairlawn Pass. Last names A-C – 10-10:30 a.m.; Last names D-H – 10:30-11 a.m.; Last names I-M – 11-11:30 a.m.; Last names N-R – 11:30 a.m.-noon; Last names S-Z – noon-12:30 p.m.; Ooops! I missed my window – 12:30-1 p.m.
  • South Side High School, Noon-2 p.m.; Vehicles enter from Calhoun Street. Last names A-E – Noon-12:25 p.m.; Last names F-J – 12:25-12:50 p.m.; Last names K-O – 12:50-1:15 p.m.; Last names P-T – 1:15-1:35 p.m.; Last names U-Z – 1:35-2 p.m.

Fort Wayne Community Schools says the decision is out of the safety of their students, parents and staff.  

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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