By DEUCE NIVEN
Some traditions held in a decidedly non-traditional commencement for South Columbus High School’s Class of 2020 Saturday.
Festivities got started Friday night, as Bringing Back Main hosted an inaugural Senior Cruise through downtown Tabor City, with 112 of the Stallion’s 182 member Class of 2020 taking part, with a half-dozen or more seniors from Loris and Green Sea also taking part, event organizer pam Byrd said.
Mayor Royce Harper with wife Lora lead the cruise, brother Randall Harper and wife Lynda bringing up the year, both with classic cars.
In between Stallion seniors honked horns from some elaborately decorated vehicles, several businesses handed out goodies to the grads, and there were plenty of family members and friends cheering the procession on.
Seniors began arriving at South Columbus by 7 a.m., commencement got started right on time at 8 a.m., and was finished well before 11, a merciful reality as temperatures rose.
Seniors, five at a time, received replica diplomas from Principal Adam Thompson, got back into their family vehicles, and were handed their actual diplomas and other materials in an envelope at the exit tent.
Organization was evident from start to finish, each senior’s vehicle assigned a number as they arrived, then placed in order, the processing wrapping around campus and appearing to go off without a hitch.
Live feeds online, and on the radio, made sure everyone could see and/or hear the program from start to finish.
Look for more on both the cruise-in and commencement in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.