WATERTOWN — The line of vehicles stretched on and on, as far as the eye could see. Also visible were smiles, cheers and tears as Watertown saluted its 213 member high school Senior Class of 2020 on Sunday, June 14. “It’s so nice to see the kids getting the sendoff and salute they deserve after all they’ve been through the last several months,” said one of the attendees by the Oakville Library.

The parade, which began and ended at the high school, made its way through several main roads in town, affording most people a good place to sit and to wave homemade placards as cars and trucks of various shapes, colors and sizes, decorated with balloons, messages of congratulations and proud, smiling and waving graduates rolled by.

A police-escort motorcade accompanied the grads, passing through Swift Middle School, Veterans’ Park, John Trumbull Primary School and ending where it began, at WHS.

“The community certainly stepped up and supported the kids; we can all be proud,” said organizer Jennifer LaBella.

The parade was the second event of a full week of Senior Week festivities, which continued with Grad Goodies and Senior Sweets on June 15, Chalk the Walk on June 16 and Take-Out Tuesday (and Wednesday and Thursday) June 16 through 18.

Also included was the the week-long #WHS2020SENIORCHALLENGE through Friday, June 19, which included a series of social media challenges to earn entries for gift card raffles.

The main event on June 17, when the Class of 2020 entered into history with a formal graduation, as graduates received their diplomas in a safe social-distancing environment.

The young graduates proved to among those who coped with a difficult time, with better days ahead as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

On this special occasion, in this spring unlike any citizen has known, the Watertown-Oakville community celebrated this milestone with love and appreciation at the end of this unusual school year.  

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