The Class of 2020 is going to have a different grad experience than that of previous classes. Class of 2019 above. Bulletin file.

Selkirk’s Class of 2020 have planned a reverse grad parade

Grads will line up along Rotary Drive, you may drive by to see them

Although due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not happen like they imagined it, Selkirk’s class of 2020 will be celebrating the momentous occasion of their graduation this coming weekend.

READ: Selkirk graduation in Kimberley will look very different this year

WATCH: Platzl Parade, Selkirk’s Grad Class of 2019

On Thursday, parents of students will receive a saveable link to the virtual ceremony, which will feature speeches from the valedictorian and the superintendent, plus a video message from Principal Dolgopol and the rest of the staff, and a grad video created by Gretchen Miller.

On Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. parents of students have organized a “socially-distanced reverse parade” as a substitute for the traditional parade walk through the Platzl. The class of 2020, dressed in their graduation best, will line up along the park side of Rotary Drive, beginning at the Mackenzie Street ball diamond and continuing down to the skatepark.

People are welcome to drive by, honk and yell words of congratulations to this year’s grads.

Rules will be in place to keep everyone safe in accordance with provincial health guidelines. You are asked to enter the parade into the Civic Centre Parking lot from Archibald Street — do not come down Rotary.

Everyone will be given a permit indicating parade rules. You must stay in your vehicle and follow the car in front of you slowly. Do not get out of the vehicle or stop to take pictures. Foot and bike traffic will not be allowed.

Miniature grad ceremonies will take place on Friday and Saturday on a staggered basis, allowing 12 students with four guests each at a time, more information on that can be found in the “Grad Zone” section of Selkirk’s website at https://www.sd6.bc.ca/school/sss/

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