"Waving from a truck through town wasn’t how Chorrkin Chin envisioned celebrating his high school graduation, but it was also one car ride he’ll ever forget.
“It was crazy – I don’t even know where to start,” said Chin, vice president of the Franklin High School Class of 2020 after the high school’s first-ever car parade graduation on Friday afternoon. Wearing his blue gown with a gold graduation stole and honor cords, the 18-year-old graduate decked out his ride with silver streamers and banners for the ceremony. He saw many teachers along the 3-4 mile route, which included circling the Town Common then ending up at the high school where graduates received their diplomas from Principal Paul Peri and roaring cheers from teachers and the administration.
He even saw his kindergarten teacher.
“There was so much support for us in this community – it’s unbelievable,” he said. “Definitely one of the best times (of my life that) I’ve ever had.”
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The graduates received their diplomas over Mon-Tue-Wed as the walk across the stage was recorded and then broadcast on Friday night. Many families took the opportunity to record an audio shout-out their the class and their individual graduate. Those shout-outs were played on the wfpr.fm broadcast of the parade along with a playlist of music provided by the senior class. The recorded shout-outs will be available in a podcast in the next couple of days.
The YouTube replay of the diplomas and the graduation speeches:
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