This weekend, Moore County High Schools held its commencement ceremonies for its graduating classes. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic brought immense changes to the ceremonies, but each school pulled it off in style.
Due to attendance restrictions, the events were livestreamed, and there was also the “Parade of Graduates” held after the ceremonies to help in the celebration.
Saturday morning, North Moore High School held its graduation ceremony. Because of the circumstances, there were no special guests on stage, and Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey was behind the stage. No speeches were given, and no band played. This was an unusual ceremony, but one the class of 2020 will always remember.
In opening remarks, Principal Jennifer Purvis said, “This class had a great desire to be together one more time.”
Sandhills Sentinel asked graduate Trevor Culler what did it mean to him missing the last part of his senior year. He said, “I just look forward to moving to the next chapter of my life.”
Graduate Naviera McRae said, “It wasn’t as bad as it seemed, but it was a different kind of graduation, one that we will always remember” when asked her thoughts on her senior year.
Families were able to attend the ceremony in one vehicle with the graduates sitting in the front passenger seat. Horns blew, and parents screamed as their child walked across the stage when it was their turn.
Family and friends helped celebrate the graduates’ achievements following the ceremony in downtown Robbins for a parade.
The streets of Robbins were lined with the community cheering as the cars with the seniors passed by.
~Article, photos, and video by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Curtis Self.