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A drive-through graduation met social distancing requirements at Franklin High School this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - Each exiting their vehicles in turn, the 2020 Franklin High grads received their diplomas. The capacious new Franklin High School gymnasium went unused for the school's 2020 commencement ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, June 9. Social distancing requirements ruled out using it for the purpose during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

So the Franklin High staff decided to make use of their west parking area and private driveway to create a 'drive-through' graduation. Vehicles entered the campus from S.E. Taggart Court, and lined up along the corridor, before stopping at diploma stations and photo stations at the north end, near Clinton Street.

"Welcome to our Franklin High 'Diploma Day' for our graduating seniors, the Class of 2020," smiled the school's Principal, Chris Frazier, as he handed a diploma to each new graduate.

"It's amazing – so good to see our families and our students, and to be able to celebrate them, as they go on to bigger and better things as they graduate," Frazier told THE BEE. "Even though they've graduated now, they'll always be part of our community."

After getting out of his or her car, each graduate of the 402-member class was announced, received a diploma from Frazier, and was congratulated by staff members.

"We're graduating an average number of seniors, but it really is an amazing class," exclaimed Frasier. "They're resilient; they did everything that we expected of them, and hoped that they could do – and they proved that they are truly 'Franklin Strong'."

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