Wearing caps and gowns in decorated vehicles filled with friends and family members, graduating seniors waved goodbye to their final year of high school on Friday afternoon.
In lieu of in-person traditions such as last day of school farewells or “moving up” assemblies, the high school students participated in senior car parades at various locations across the district due to the school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Decatur High School on the soggy June 12 afternoon, dozens of teachers lined the main drive in front of the building wearing spirit gear, armed with umbrellas, pompoms and congratulatory signs.
Seniors cruised by their soon-to-be former teachers with big smiles and shouts of “thank you” that could be heard over the honking of car horns.
“It’s the last time we’re going to get to see the seniors,” said Decatur Principal Jamie Tough. “It’s our last chance to say goodbye and show them how excited we are for them.”
Principal Tough was the first staff member greeting seniors at the start of the parade as she handed out graduation ceremony programs, Decatur pins and school pennants. The commencement ceremonies for all of the high schools in the Federal Way district air virtually Saturday, June 13.
Despite the weather quite literally raining on their parade, Tough said “it still feels like we got a celebratory end to our year.”
Photos by Olivia Sullivan, Mirror reporter