The Scranton community is hosting a parade to honor graduates since social distancing and large group gatherings have postponed graduation ceremonies.

The city of Scranton is a strong-knit community that loves their kids and parade organizer Rhonda Johnson said she wanted to find a way to honor the Scranton Class of 2020.

“I love my town and community,” said Johnson.

On Saturday, May 16, at 4 p.m., the streets in the Scranton community will turn into a parade route for the SHS Class of 2020 with cars decked out in school colors of purple and gold. The Senior Class of 2020 will drive through the town as the community cheers for the students whose high school experience abruptly came to a close.

Johnson is encouraging all parents and seniors to decorate vehicles, including signs, to show off their accomplishments. Seniors can even wear caps and gowns to highlight this momentous occasion.

The Senior Parade will start at the bus garage on Magnolia St., then head toward Dollar General, then to 4-way (South on Hwy109) and down to the gym (West on Hwy 197) and finally back to the bus garage.

“If you don’t feel comfortable getting out in public, please remain in your car and tune into KIX 106.9. They [the seniors] will be announced as they drive by M&R Station.”

Johnson said she even has a couple of moms helping her make gift baskets for each of the seniors, and River Valley Ingredients got involved by donating banners for the seniors.

Although it’s not how they envisioned it, seniors are turning their tassels to a new chapter, and at least for the day, the disappointments of recent events can be left in the rearview mirror to celebrate the milestone accomplishment of the Senior 2020 Class.

“Please spread the word and come out and support these kiddos.”