Whitinsville Christian School hosted a parade for their graduating seniors on their last day of classes May 22. The seniors set up in designated spots in the WCS parking lot and traffic directors guided hundreds of cars decorated with messages for the graduates with passengers offering their well-wishes and honking their horns!
“This on-site event works well because of the wide geographic region of where our seniors live. While our student body represents 38 communities, the senior class alone comes from 19 different towns in two states,” said Chris Vander Baan, High School Principal. “This is something we’ve never done before. We were excited so were the seniors. They received a goody bag as they arrived today and then we had 500 cars come through our lot for the parade.”
Many area first responders participated including the Uxbridge Fire Department and Northbridge Police Department. The U.S. Coast Guard even sent a helicopter to fly over the event.
“It was really cool to see our community come out and support us like this,” said Erin Brown, WCS Student Council President. “It meant a lot to see how much they love us and it gave us the opportunity
to say goodbye.”
Some end-of-year events have been held virtually, such as the WCS High School Awards Ceremony live-streamed to students and parents on May 21.
“The parade was a great way, done in a safe manner, to allow the students to be together again,” said Vander Baan. “We are also hopeful that we can hold a live graduation ceremony in July. We just have to wait and see what that event will look like.”