Church Hill honoring VHS Class of 2020 with May 29 parade, community celebration

Jeff Bobo • May 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School’s Class of 2020 will have an opportunity to get together as a group during a special parade and community celebration the day before their May 30 “social distancing graduation ceremony” takes place.

On Tuesday, the Church Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave its approval for a May 29 parade of Volunteer seniors on Main Boulevard beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Union Road intersection and ending at the Church Hill Public Library parking lot, where a community celebration will take place until 9:30. The parade and celebration are community events not affiliated with the school system.

Mayor Dennis Deal said the events will give the community an opportunity to honor graduating seniors, who will be recognized individually.

“I recommend we do (approve) that and support the seniors because this is their final year,” Deal told the board. “Memories is what matters, in my opinion.”

Alderman Linda Miller added, “They've missed out on so much.”

Event organizer Brandi Williams stated in her Facebook event description that members of the Class of 2020 will meet in the Homestead Antiques parking lot at 6 p.m. to line up for the parade.

They are to use their personal vehicles for the parade. No floats are allowed although seniors are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and carpool.

The parade route will start at the intersection of Old Union Road and Main Boulevard near Randall’s Restaurant and proceed down Main Boulevard to the Church Hill Public Library.

The following community celebration will include a recognition of each senior in attendance. Seniors are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns.

Members of the public are allowed to attend the event as a guest, but will need to bring seating, such as a lawn chair. This is a celebration for the community to recognize the Class of 2020.

Families, friends, and anyone else who would like to attend are encouraged to do so.

Social distancing is encouraged, as well as the wearing of masks, but it is not a strict requirement, Williams noted. There is also no limit on attendance.

Williams said that as of Wednesday two food truck vendors planned to attend the celebration, but more are welcome.

For more information about the event, or about providing food truck service, visit the event Facebook page which is called “VHS Senior Prom & Pomp Task Force”.

Graduating seniors are also asked to RSVP for the event, which is also linked on that Facebook page.

Volunteer will graduate approximately 280 students on Saturday, May 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m., and continuing throughout the day. Graduates and four guests will stage in up to two vehicles in the gym parking lot waiting for their time to enter the gymnasium.

Those graduate/guest groups in the gym will be spaced out, adhering to social distancing guidelines, as they approach the stage to receive their diploma.

Cherokee High School's graduation will take place in the same manner on Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m.

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