Our community has experienced many significant changes in the past several months, some of which affect the way we experience personal milestones. Although graduation ceremonies are not possible for graduating high school seniors this year, the Corvallis School District is working closely with the Corvallis Police Department in facilitating car parades for our high school graduates.
The collaboration started several weeks ago with a student and family survey that overwhelmingly supported a car parade as a way to mark this milestone for Corvallis graduates in a way that is mindful of current health protocols.
Each car parade will follow a prescribed route, and students will have the opportunity to decorate their cars to celebrate the occasion. The parade will travel at low speeds to facilitate engagement from bystanders along the route as well as ensure safety. The graduation car parades will be held as follows:
College Hill parade, Thursday, June 4, starts at 6:00 pm
Corvallis High School parade, Saturday, June 6, starts at 12:00 noon
- Broadcast on KLOO 1340AM
Crescent Valley High School parade, Saturday, June 6, starts at 4:00 pm
- Broadcast on KFIR 720AM
Each parade will end at the respective school, where the graduate’s diploma will be presented in small groups following the Oregon Health Authority Guidelines. People may not gather at the schools unless they are assigned staff members or part of the graduation procession. The presentation of diplomas will be live-streamed and available on YouTube.
We encourage family, friends, and our Corvallis community to cheer on these graduates to celebrate. Each route has several opportunities for well-wishers to safely stand on sidewalks to cheer as the parade passes by. Please make sure to follow the appropriate state guidelines regarding health safety at the time of the parades, such as staying home if you are sick and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.
We also ask for patience from other motorists during the parades, which will have some effect on traffic. Please consider alternate routes during parade times to minimize the impact on your travel during the events.
Thank you to the following for their support: Corvallis Public Works with the permitting process, Corvallis GIS for mapping services, Oregon State Police for traffic control near OSU campus, the Corvallis Police Department for their parade planning support, Benton County Fairgrounds, the Harrison Boulevard LDS Church, and the Corvallis Lions Club and Corvallis Rotary for volunteer support.