Roanoke County high schools prepare for outdoor graduation processions, online ceremonies


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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While it may not be the graduation day the Class of 2020 had in mind, Roanoke County high schools will still celebrate this special occasion this week with parades, drive-up processions, and online commencements.

Hidden Valley High School, Northside High School, and William Byrd High School are still scheduled to proceed with their outdoor graduation processions on Tuesday, May 19.

Roanoke County Public Schools streamed Hidden Valley’s drive-up diploma presentations live on Facebook at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Unless Tuesday morning’s rain shifts to include thunder and lightning, Northside says it will start its drive-up ceremony on campus at 10:15 a.m. Seniors — who are encouraged to ride on the passenger side of their vehicles if possible — will check in and line up in their assigned parking spaces, receive a sign to display on their passenger windshield, and receive their diplomas in front of the school near the main entrance, officials say.

Northside High School’s online graduation will start here at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, William Byrd will celebrate its seniors with a parade through Vinton — which starts around 10:45 a.m. — before the students arrive at the high school to pick up their diplomas, according to officials. Vinton residents are encouraged to join in the festivities by cheering or setting up signs or balloons along the parade route, which is listed on the flier below.

The online graduation ceremony for William Byrd High School will stream here at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Roanoke County Public Schools says the other three online ceremonies will take place Wednesday, May 20.

Hidden Valley High School’s online graduation will start at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Cave Spring High School’s will start at 5:30 p.m., and Glenvar High School’s will start at 7:30 p.m., all from this link.

However, Glenvar High School announced that its graduation processional will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22 instead of Wednesday.

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