WSWHE BOCES seniors get a graduation on wheels

Emily De Vito
Updated: June 15, 2020 02:24 PM
Created: June 15, 2020 12:02 PM

High school graduation ceremonies are starting to take place throughout the Capital Region. The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES honored some of its seniors Monday with a graduation on wheels.

More than 30 teachers, social workers, counselors, and administrators surprised students in the exceptional learning division. Not only did they show up to the students homes with a car parade, but they then held a mini graduation ceremony, cap and gown included, on the student's front lawn.

"We present them with a diploma, present them with a bunch of gifts from the staff that we put in what we call a swag bag, and different certificates and also scholarship money for them," said Principal of the Exceptional Learning Division Shawn Hunziker.

Hunziker said the students will attend the graduation ceremony at their school districts, but he said WSWHE BOCES usually has its own ceremony for its seniors as well. He said it was important to do something special since they could not have their traditional ceremony due to coronavirus.

"Our kids work so hard, and they've had so many obstacles, and they really require a different learning environment," said Hunziker. "So because of their persistence, resilience, and perseverance this just could not go unacknowledged."

Many of the students were shocked to see the graduation caravan outside their home. They said it was a fun way to say goodbye to teachers and counselors.

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"I like how they supported me throughout my high school career and everything and I'm going to miss them," said graduate Taylor Hosier.

The graduation caravan traveled a total of 280 miles for the 12 students that had ceremonies. They said the class of 2020 is one they will never forget.

"I think a lot of new traditions are going to start because of this class," said Hunziker. "I definitely think they're going to be going down as a class in history as a class that changed everything."

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