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Here come the graduates

Normally, graduating seniors may have a mini-parade up and down Main Street in Cornell, signifying their last day of high school has arrived. However, this year, with schools closed since the middle of March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their last day came and went without a chance for farewell.

To help recognize what the seniors have accomplished, parents and students have planned an organized parade through town, giving the community a chance to stand outside their homes or along sidewalks, to cheer and wave for the seniors. The parade will take place Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

The public is also welcome to decorate their houses and yards in graduation decor, or school colors (blue and yellow).

“That’d be cool,” said Tim Boulding, senior and fire department member. Students will decorate their cars with paint, streamers, signs or balloons, then set off from Holy Cross Catholic Church, down Main Street, to First Street. The cars will then turn right onto First, heading east to Thomas Street, before turning north on Sixth Street.

The parade will then turn east on Squire Drive, south on Seventh Street to Cornell Health Services, then back east on Thomas Street. They’ll continue south on Eighth Street, with fire trucks manning a crossing on State Hwy. 27.

Seniors will then head west on Baribeau Road until they turn their cars north on Fox Road, make their way west on South Street and end at the Cornell Express parking lot.

Boulding says it’s great to have the parade, as it has been a tough time for everyone during the virus scare.

“It’s really nice to see everyone out there supporting us.”