Inspire NOLA salutes seniors with commencement parades

May 19, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Casey Ferrand (WTDN) — The resilience and strength of the Class of 2020 was celebrated in grad fashion Tuesday. As McMain principal, John Green pointed out, the path to graduation has been unlike any other for this class. They began their school career faced with Hurricane Katerina in 2005 and ended it amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 19, was the day InspireNOLA scheduled to have commencement ceremonies for all three of the charter organization's high schools - McMain, McDonogh 35 and Edna Karr. It was the day the seniors would have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas in front a crowd of excited family and friends.

Instead they celebrated the day in a different and maybe more exciting way. To honor their endurance and success, InspireNOLA held a Senior Salute car parade and celebration for each of its graduating classes outside their schools. 

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“While we still plan to have a traditional graduation ceremony whenever that is permissible in our city, in the meantime, we wanted to honor and celebrate our seniors for the incredible work they have done and the obstacles they have overcome to reach this special milestone,” said Jamar McKneely, InspireNOLA CEO.

Students dressed in their cap and gown and decorated their car for the graduation celebration. As they drove along the route with their family riding with them, they were cheered on by school staff members and receive a special senior gift.

CLICK HERE to see the parade at McMain High School

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