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Pine Bluff high school celebrates seniors with a ceremony and parade



PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The coronavirus pandemic is causing many High School Seniors to miss out on a graduation ceremony, but the Pine Bluff School District wanted to make sure students had a way to celebrate.

On Thursday students were already set to pick up their cap and gown, so the district turned it into a parade and small ceremony.

“Oh I’m excited, over the top,” said Senior Makiya Hayes. “It took me so long to get here”

Students decorated their cars and drove around campus. During the drive, Mayor Shirley Washington gave a commencement speech they could listen to over the radio.

“At this point we don’t know if they’ll actually get to have a traditional graduation, so we just want them to know that we still recognize them,” said Trammell Howell with the Parent Teacher Association.

While the school district doesn’t know if it will be able to reschedule a formal ceremony, students aren’t complaining.

“At least we got to drive and get our cap and gowns,” said Corvius Holmes. “How many people can say we drove across the stage? Y’all walked, but we invented something new.”