The class of 2020 will be saluted by a car parade next Wednesday evening that will travel through neighborhoods in Sheffield Lake and Village.

Brookside High School seniors will receive their diplomas Friday and Saturday in the school cafetorium where they had lunch, listened to concerts, watched plays and held pep rallies along with the daily goings on of high school.

Each of the 135 graduates is allowed to bring four family members to the ceremony at which four or five administrators will officiate, in accordance with state guidelines to keep group gatherings at 10 or fewer people.

Principal Joy Morgan said graduates and their guests will process down the main hall of the high school building, which will be decorated for the occasion.

The following Wednesday, May 20, at 8:20 p.m., 2020 military time, a police escort will lead seniors in their cars through Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village. They will drive through neighborhoods and pass each school building in the district. Staff from each building will be on hand, socially distancing, to clap for them, Morgan said. The car caravan replaces the traditional Senior Clap Out, where graduates are taken in buses past the buildings to the cheers of students and staff.

Superintendent Mike Cook said he worked with police to establish the final route, which will travel sections of Harris, East River, French Creek, Abbe, Oster, Lake and Lake Breeze roads, Lynne, West and Forest Lawn drives as well as Ferndale and Colorado avenues. The parade route can be found on the district’s Facebook page: Community members are invited to turn on their porch lights and clap for seniors from the bottom of their driveways along the processional route, Cook said.

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