Faculty caravan delivers diplomas to graduates

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Inspired by Oak Hill, Midland Trail High School gave its seniors a graduation by delivery.

With loud cheers and honking horns, several members of the Midland Trail High School faculty and staff celebrate graduating seniors.

“We can’t have a traditional graduation, but we have the opportunity to give it to them now,” said Principal Richard Petitt. “This [is what] we feel is the right thing to do.

During a principals’ meeting, principal of Oak Hill High School Katie Hayes came up with the idea to do graduation by delivery. Petitt was eager to hop on board.

“Traditionally, students walk across stage and come to us for the diploma, so it’s kind of nice. This is the first class that I can say I’m part of that [we] actually go to them instead of them coming to us.”

He wasn’t the only one excited to give kids a taste of graduation. Teachers that watched these kids grow over the past four years wanted in on the celebration.

“Seeing the sparkle in their eyes, seeing that smile on their face, seeing the families and the pride in their families that their child is graduating school,” said teacher Randy Halsey “It’s just priceless.”

After spending most of the day in the can, the caravan said it was worth it to see the smile on students’ faces.

“I was just expecting to get the diploma dropped of to me just by the principal or somebody,” said graduate Connor Raynes. “I was glad to see a lot of people out to bring it.”

The caravan will be out again on Friday. If you were supposed to receive a diploma today but the caravan couldn’t find your house, contact the school to find out what to do next.

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