Derry Area High School seniors will be honored with a parade and virtual awards assembly on Friday, May 22.
DAHS principal Casey Long announced Monday the parade’s route and details of the awards assembly, which can be viewed online at 6 p.m. Friday at 2020seniors.dasd.us.
The district has also scheduled a cafeteria senior send-off beginning at 11 a.m. Friday with a special meal provided before the parade.
According to information provided by the district, senior vehicles will follow a distributed event map and participants will park in a lineup along Recreation Road on the school campus.
Those who choose to take part in the send-off event will be asked not to exit their vehicles.
A parade for seniors only is slated for 12:30 p.m. the same day and will feature a local police and fire department escort from the Derry Area campus. Seniors and their families are asked to decorate their vehicles prior to arriving on campus, and they are urged not to exit their vehicles.
Police and fire department vehicles will lead the parade Friday starting on Grandview Drive and turning right onto Route 982 toward New Derry.
The procession will then turn left onto Pittsburgh Street, left again onto Pandora Road and make a left on Malone Road to proceed back to Route 982, crossing Route 982 onto North Chestnut Street in front of the high school. The parade will continue into Derry Borough and turn right onto Route 217, following Route 217 through the borough and making a right onto Industrial Boulevard. From Industrial Boulevard, the parade will turn left onto Route 982 to pass the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, then turn right on Wood Street, following it to Main Street where the parade will turn right and proceed across Latrobe-Derry Road and turn right on Industrial Boulevard, then turn left onto Route 982 to return to the Derry Area campus.
The May 22 schedule of events will conclude with the virtual senior awards night. The masters of ceremonies, district teachers Dave McCleary and Jeff Kelly, will present awards. The event will be pre-recorded.
In addition to the events planned for this Friday, a drive-thru diploma distribution is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. May 29. Seniors and families will follow a drive-thru graduation map and only one carload per senior student will be permitted; participants are urged not to exit their vehicles. During the distribution, students will receive a diploma case, while diplomas will be mailed to homes after June 10. District officials said additional details about the diploma distribution will be shared at a later date and will be determined by the state’s social distancing guidelines.
June 1 is the last instructional day for seniors and June 1-5 will be spent preparing seniors for graduation, which includes: the collection of all district items and pickup of personal items; collection of textbooks and Chromebooks; turning in sports uniforms and band uniforms/instruments; reconciliation of any owed debts; seniors collecting all personal belongings; the distribution of three virtual graduation programs to each senior student, and medication pickup.
Phone signups will be available and exact protocols will be shared via email and a notify message in the near future, district officials said. Officials also noted that yearbooks will be distributed in the summer or fall, as the yearbook company has been shuttered because of coronavirus restrictions.