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Patience Tindall celebrated her graduation from Stissing Mountain High School by participating in a car parade organized for the Class of 2020, which had to alter graduation plans after the coronavirus pandemic forced Governor Andrew Cuomo to shut down schools statewide in mid-March for the remainder of the academic year. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Parade helps seniors celebrate graduation during a pandemic

PINE PLAINS — While it might not have been the celebration they had originally anticipated, the Stissing Mountain Senior High School Class of 2020 embraced its moment in the spotlight as the soon-to-be-graduates participated in a car parade on Saturday morning, June 27. 

Kicking off at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School at 9:30 a.m., the seniors set off on a tour of their beloved community in their vehicles; many attended the parade dressed in their graduation caps and gowns. Many cars were also decorated for the occasion, with their names and best wishes scrawled on their windows and streamers flying in the wind. 

All along the parade route, the graduates were greeted with cheers from their families and fellow community members, many of whom held up balloons and signs congratulating the Pine Plains Class of 2020. 

The district will hold graduation for students and their families only on Friday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at its football field.

— Kaitlin Lyle

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