SAN MARCOS, Calif. — This time of year we are used to seeing caps thrown in the air and graduates in gowns. Unfortunately, the class of 2020 is unable to have a commencement ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t mean the celebration can’t happen… in a different way.
Students and faculty at Cal State San Marcos celebrated with a parade that allowed for social distancing. Organizers said it was a unique way to honor the hard work graduates have put in over the last several years.
So here is how it worked, graduates who RSVP’d were encouraged to put on their cap and gown, decorate their car, and drive the predetermined route as faculty and staff salute cheered for them.
The parade was similar to what has been done on the high school level in San Diego and across the country.
University staff said around 700 graduates took part in the event.
The parade can be watched here.
Cal State San Marcos said the parade will not replace a formal commencement ceremony. The school has said they are committed to holding a formal even when it is safe to do so.