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Dukes celebrate until they meet again

The COVID-19 pandemic may have dimmed the glow of some aspects of the 2019-20 school year, but Cumberland County High School (CCHS) graduates still had a moment in the sun in June.

The CCHS Drive-Thru Diploma Celebration took place June 2 at the Cumberland County Public Schools (CuCPS) complex, drawing a majority of the approximately 105 members of the high school’s class of 2020.

An official graduation is still planned, set to take place Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m.

Nevertheless, administrators and teachers went to great lengths to make the June outdoor event special. They weathered some heat in their full regalia on a sunny but occasionally breezy day as they lined the road in front of the middle school, leading to a stage that was built to highlight the graduates.

Each senior was given their diploma and honors cords before their name was called and they took the stage. Once on the stage, they had their picture taken by a professional photographer, and family and friends were able to take pictures and record video from the lower parking lot as “Pomp and Circumstance” played over a speaker system.

Then family and graduates migrated down to the other end of the complex for another, less formal photo opportunity in front of a backdrop dotted by school logos.

The drive-thru event was held in two sessions, one running 10 a.m.-noon and the other running 1-3 p.m. Different shifts of faculty came in to line the road throughout the day.