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High school 'drive-through' graduations set for Saturday
Academic achievement

Bryan County Schools’ great drive through diploma delivery of 2020 takes place Saturday, when seniors at Richmond Hill High and Bryan County High participate in commencement ceremonies geared to following social distancing guidelines established due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expect a lot of traffic.

In all, more than 600 students will graduate with as much pomp, circumstance and school spirit as students, faculty and administrators at the two schools can muster.

Here’s the Cliff Notes version of what’s supposed to happen, according to school officials.

Up first is RHHS, which from 8 a.m. until approximately 8:30 a.m. will broadcast video of speeches recorded by its valedictorian, salutatorian and senior class president, according to Principal Debi McNeal.

She said students with last names beginning with A through M will report between 9 and 10 a.m. by entering west campus, travel the back bus ramp to the east gym and meet McNeal, who’ll give them their diploma. They’ll then drive out Wildcat Drive, which will be lined with RHHS teachers.

Students with last names beginning with N through Z will be follow from 10 to 11 a.m.

“Students have been encouraged to decorate their cars to show their Wildcat pride and school spirit,” McNeal added.

Bryan County High School’s graduation will also include pre-recorded speeches which will be played through FM radio at 4 and 4:30 p.m., and then graduation begins at 5 p.m., according to Dr. Marcy Smith, assistant principal. “Graduates will pull up when their name is called, receive a diploma, turn their tassel, then exit the campus,” she said. “All graduates are allowed one vehicle, are to sit in the passenger side of the vehicle, and be in cap and gown. Decoration of cars and caps is allowed, as long as is school appropriate.”

Afterward, the event will be shared online through Pembroke Advanced Communications’ PAC-TV and on social media, Smith added.

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