Lowell Area Schools sent another class of graduating seniors out into the world last week. However, before the commencement ceremony, students were invited to visit their elementary schools one last time.
“The graduate parade came about as a parent-driven event to recognize and honor our graduates by going back to the beginning,” says Steve Gough, Lowell High School principal.
On Wednesday, students were asked to meet at their respective elementary schools to parade through the halls one last time. “I think the best part of the day was watching our parents, graduates and elementary staff all celebrate the achievement together,” according to Gough.
Lowell’s First Look tagged along for the parades at Bushnell and Cherry Creek elementary schools. Here’s a look at what happened.
Students gathered at Bushnell Elementary School at 1pm on Wednesday to begin the graduate parade there.
Students and staff lined the hall and cheered for students as they made a loop around the building.
There were plenty of smiles and high-fives all the way around.
Outside, students gathered around the Bushnell sign so parents in attendance could snap some photos.
Then it was time to head to Cherry Creek Elementary School where cookies and chocolate milk were served while students waited for everyone to arrive.
Once everyone had arrived, there was another photo op — this time by the Cherry Creek sign.
Shortly before 2pm, everyone lined up…
…and in they go.
A cheer went up as seniors rounded the corner and walked down the hall.
At the end, there were hugs and well-wishes from teachers and staff.
“I hope that this can become an annual event for our graduates and their teachers to celebrate their time as students at LAS,” says Superintendent Nate Fowler. “Our graduates are excellent role models for our elementary students.”
Congratulations Class of 2023!