Graduate parades continue to Southern Deanery

As eighth grade classes prepare to graduate middle school, educators and administrators continue to plan unique ways of celebrating their students’ milestones. Faculty and staff from St. Joan of Arc School in Boca Raton volunteered May 2 to deliver yard signs to the 65 graduates of the eighth-grade class of 2020. Six caravans drove to Fort Lauderdale, Lighthouse Point, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Parkland and Boca Raton. The caravans arrived at students’ homes honking horns, playing graduation music and cheering for graduates with pom poms and signs. 

Parents were equally thrilled to see faculty support their children during this difficult time. In an email to school principal Caroline Roberts, one parent said, "I just can't begin to thank you enough for what you did for all of our eight graders. Today's caravan was just the nicest thing that could have been done for these kids…It has been so nice to be part of the most wonderful community of people for all of these years."

Another said, "Thank you for today! My daughter was very sad yesterday, missing her friends and talking about not having a graduation. This whole quarantine has been tough on her. This made her smile.”  

Roberts added, “As a parent of an eighth grader myself, I know having the faculty and staff cheer for my daughter, meant the world to my family.”

To learn more about how the diocesan Catholic schools are celebrating graduates, follow the Office of Catholic Schools on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @DoPBCatholicSchools. Follow St. Joan of Arc School on Facebook @SaintJoanofArcCatholicSchool or visit