Cincinnati Public Schools to Host Graduation Car Parades for Seniors

Cincinnati Public Schools are paying tribute to this year's graduating class with a special drive-thru ceremony and car parade

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Cincinnati Public Schools are paying tribute to this year's graduating class with a special drive-thru ceremony and car parade.

According to a release from CPS, starting May 18, different schools will be hosting a parade for their seniors and families so they can receive recognition and their diplomas. CPS says seniors will drive to the ceremony location in their cap and gown and, when they get to the front of the line, will "hear their name called over the loud speaker followed by yells and cheers from teachers and staff."

Each grad will also get a yard sign and T-shirt.

“We know it’s not the traditional graduation that everyone envisioned. But this is our way of honoring our graduates in a safe and fun way, while giving them the in-person recognition they deserve,” said CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell in a release.

Seniors and their families are asked to stay in their cars for the entire graduation ceremony for health and safety reasons, and all will need to follow social distancing guidelines. Cincinnati Police will be present at the events.   

The first graduation event is for the School for Creative and Performing Arts at 7 p.m. May 18 at Music Hall. The parade will start at Paul Brown Stadium at 6:40 p.m. and travel down Elm Street to Music Hall. 

Next up is Taft IT High School at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. 

You can find a full graduation schedule at cps-k12.orgCPS says all graduation events will also be streamed on their YouTube page. 

The CPS Board of Education also honored this year's 15 Valedictorians and 19 Salutatorians with a special video event on May 6.

"It touches my heart to see their faces and the big smiles that they have," said Carolyn Jones, Board president, about the video. "I will say to these students: You've done well, and you've made your mark coming out of high school. You are a resilient group, and you will do great things. And, on behalf of the Board, I am so proud of what our graduates have accomplished. Congratulations to you all."

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