The Revelstoke Secondary School class of 2020 has found a unique way to celebrate their graduation with the community. Traditionally graduating classes have walked to Grizzly Plaza where they meet up with friends and family members for photo opportunities and a bit of a community congratulations. This year, however, COVID-19 physical distancing rules meant a bit of thinking outside the box.
Instead of the usual gathering, the class of 2020 graduates will space themselves out along the driveway in front of Begbie View Elementary School. Community members will then be able to drive in their cars along the driveway for a chance to see the graduates and show their support. Tessa Davis, a teacher at RSS and one of the organizers of the event, said the idea came about when valedictorian Simi Luttrell was working on his speech. Luttrell pointed out that because of the COVID-19 restrictions graduates wouldn’t be able to see their friends graduating. After discussing it with the grad committee, the idea of the parade was brought to RSS principal Greg Kenyon and School District 19 Superintendent Mike Hooker, who both supported the idea. The parade meets guidelines for physical distancing set up by the Provincial Health Office.
Along with the parade, community members are also encouraged to celebrate the graduates by placing a lit candle in their window.
“It’s about celebrating, but acknowledging this whole thing has been a little difficult,” said Davis. “Revelstoke’s always been great for community support.”
The graduation parade takes place this coming Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should meet at the Community Centre library parking lot. Volunteers will direct vehicles to the parade route to minimize congestion. Please note that, for safety reasons, only vehicles are allowed along the parade route.