Columbia High School to have ‘drive through’ graduation ceremony

Published 10:04 am Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Columbia High School has released that they will be conducting a “drive through graduation” on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at CHS.

“COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, many things we take for granted are different and unfortunately this holds true for this year’s CHS graduation,” CHS principal William Ziegler said.

This year’s ceremony will be smaller than those held in the past and limited to immediate family members. North Carolina State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell will be the guest speaker.

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“It is incredibly important that each CHS graduate has their moment of being handed their diploma, they have earned at least that,” Zeigler added.

CHS has decided to honor their students in innovative ways in addition to the graduation ceremony including:

– CHS has spotlighted a “Senior of the Day” on social media

– Worked with Ambrose Signs in Camden to design and place the billboard located at Tyrrell Hall.

– Ordered and placed yard signs in the yards of graduating seniors.

– Placed a banner on the high school main building congratulating seniors.

– Implemented an “Adopt-A-Senior” program.

– For the first time, CHS will live-stream graduation for everyone to watch from home.

– Each graduating senior will have a 3×4 vinyl sign of their formal graduation picture posted in town.

“No one expected to have the school year end so abruptly or for the quarantine to go on as long as it has, however the steps TCS has taken to make sure our graduates are applauded and recognized shows how our community comes together and cares for one another,” Zeigler noted.



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