The 2020 seniors of Edwards County High School will be driving across the square in Albion rather than walking across the gym in Linda Oxby Gymnasium on Friday.

The Novel Coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of the final two months of schools throughout the state, and the terms of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order regarding the virus sets conditions that make a traditional graduation ceremony unlawful. However, parents of ECHS graduates have scheduled a drive-thru graduation service on the evening of Friday, May 15 for its outgoing senior class.

The drive-thru will begin at 6 p.m., though lineup for participants is set for 5:30 p.m. in the west parking lot of the district’s K-12 building in Albion. Social distancing guidelines are to be adhered to, and everyone taking part in the event is expected to remain inside their vehicles.

Local fire departments will lead the senior class, with each graduate having a red or black bow on each of their vehicles. The district emphasizes that all graduate vehicles must be street legal.

The ceremony will include graduates making two laps from the school to around the square and back.

Those wishing to view the drive-thru are encouraged to do so from the street or square in small groups, staying at least six feet apart.  Students are being asked not to congregate at the school or the square, as permission to use the roadways is contingent on social distancing guidelines being followed, according to a Facebook post released by the event sponsors.