RHS graduation May17, with unique car-based ceremony

May 3, 2020 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

q After the diploma exercises at the high school, a parade of 2020 graduates is planned through town.

By Katie Roenigk

Staff Writer

Riverton school administrators have devised a plan for high school graduation.

The event is set to take place Sunday, May 17, when the 2020 graduates will gather in the Riverton High School parking lot - each in a separate vehicle.

"It'll definitely be memorable," RHS principal John Griffith said Tuesday as he explained the plan to the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees.

Each 2020 senior is allowed to bring as many guests to the event as will safely fit inside his or her vehicle, Griffith said.

The vehicles will be arranged in alphabetical order based on each student's last name, Griffith said.

The process

At about 11:15 a.m., Riverton Police Department officers in patrol cars will lead the group from the back of RHS to the school's front parking lot, where the vehicles will park for the graduation ceremony, including 60-second speeches recorded by each RHS valedictorian.

The seniors will begin proceeding at about noon, in their vehicles, toward a stage set up in front of the school. Seniors will exit their vehicles at one end of the stage, receive their diplomas, and walk across the platform to re-enter their vehicles on the other side.

Family members and friends will remain in the vehicle to take pictures.

"That continues that flow of traffic at a pretty good pace (and) allows the family to see their son or daughter walking across the stage," Griffith said.

Each vehicle will then be returned to its parking spot to wait until all of the seniors have been recognized.

Downtown parade

Once all of the diplomas have been distributed, Griffith said the seniors will exit their vehicles, flip their tassels, and celebrate the moment with silly string and air horns. Then the RPD will lead the group on a parade through town, from Sunset Drive to Major Avenue then south to Main Street and east to Federal Boulevard, where they will turn around and snake back to RHS along the same route.Spectators are welcome.

"We wanted to add that so (the students) could cheer each other on," Griffith said, envisioning the vehicles passing one another as they loop back to RHS.

"They can wave to their friends and still kind of hoot and holler. ... I think it's going to be pretty awesome."

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on FM radio frrequency 93.9 and streamed at the RHS Facebook site, Griffith said, asking residents to avoid the RHS area during graduation.

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