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Southgate Mall honors local seniors with "Caps and Cars Grad Parade"

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 09:19:42-04

TO EMBRACE ITS ROLE AS A COMMUNITY PARTNER, Southgate Mall took to the parade scene today — Schools across the country have been hosting parades as a fun way to honor their graduating seniors, while staying socially distanced.

To embrace its role as a community partner, Southgate Mall took to the parade scene Thursday, hosting what it’s deemed “the Caps and Cars Grad Parade.”

Seniors from Missoula and surrounding areas were invited to decorate their cars and bring family and friends to the parade.

With plenty of space to host the event and a graduating senior of his own, General Manager Tim Winger said it was an honor for his team to commemorate the class of 2020 on the mall’s grounds.

While the event was born out of COVID-19 circumstances, Winger said he’d like to see it continue in years to come.

Today’s grads all represented different schools, but one thing was for sure, they’re ready to put this year’s setbacks behind them and begin the next chapter.

“We can’t live in the past, we just gotta keep looking to the future," said Jett Rebish a Big Sky senior. "Doesn’t matter what happened we just need to look forward.”

Echoing Rebish’s sentiments was Willard senior Jonah Morgan, “I’d say we’re at an awkward time right now, but we just have to push through this and keep going.”

Those seniors graduating from Missoula County Public Schools will have their commencement ceremonies on Friday at Washington Grizzly Stadium.