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Missoula high school celebrate seniors graduation drive by

Posted at 5:44 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 19:53:04-04

MISSOULA — Schools across the country are getting creative in how they celebrate their graduating seniors this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loyola High School in Missoula was no exception on Sunday as they celebrated their seniors "social distance style"

For the class of 2020, traditional celebrations and ceremonies may not be in store this spring, but that’s not to say they won’t be receiving some recognition.

To show their support for the senior class, families, friends and staff members gathered here at the football stadium for what they’re calling the Loyola High School honk and holler.

"It’s pretty cool, you get to see a lot of people you haven’t seen in a long time, you get to catch up, and you get to see all of the parents who have supported us throughout the years," said student Blake Danielson.

"Even though it might not be a completely normal graduation, the people are the most important part of the experience," said student Tommy Leonard.

The idea for the celebration came from an Easter parade held in Billings this year.

By making a couple adjustments, Principal Kathy Schneider thought what better way to honor the seniors on what should have been their graduation day.

"We're making the best of an unprecedented, unique situation and it’s amazing to see everyone here today," said Principal Schneider.

For an hour straight, vehicles made their way around the track, cheering and honking, as each senior received an individual shout out.

Seeing her students in caps and gowns was a unique moment for Schneider especially.

"I get a little emotional...these kids, their moms were expecting them when I started at this school and so I've literally known some of them their whole lives," said Principal Schneider.

After an unparalleled spring semester, Schneider is confident her students are ready for the next chapter whatever that may bring.

"This has been an exercise in patience, in creativity, in fortitude, and if they can do this they can do anything," said Principal Schneider.

If all goes as planned, Loyola hopes to hold a traditional commencement ceremony on June 28th.