Oak Hill High School students receive diploma by parade

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Oak Hill High School administrators and teachers were hard at work this morning to give students some version of a graduation.

After a pandemic canceled the class of 2020’s spring sports, prom and traditional graduation, Oak Hill High School wasn’t about to let the rain cancel another event planned for seniors.

“This whole caravan is delivering diplomas to every student over the next three days,” said Principal Katie Hayes. “Some students have opted to have their mailed, which is fine, and some are meeting at central locations, like the memorial building or the Fayetteville PreK-8 school. For all the others, we’ll be doing door-to-door deliveries.”

Leading a small parade, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Hayes went from house to house to deliver diplomas to excited students. First on the list was Nathan Bloomfield.

“Nate’s one of the seniors who missed his whole baseball season. That’s very traumatic. A lot of these kids really were looking forward to that. That’s some of the things that keep them motivated to be in school.

With his family standing in the rain to cheer him on, Nathan proudly accepted his diploma.

“It still feels good because it feels like all the years of work are starting to pay off and I’m starting to make that big next step in my life,” said Nathan. “I’m excited to see where I go.”

After missing out on so many other senior year traditions, Nathan was glad to have at least a taste of what his senior year was meant to be. Although disappointed with how the year turned out, his mom couldn’t be happier with the school’s response.

“The fact that they are taking three full days– this is going to go well into the evening for them,” said Amy Bloomfield. “That’s just extraordinary. Above and beyond what many other counties are doing.”

Oak Hill High School will be back at it again tomorrow and Friday. You can find the delivery schedule on its Facebook page.

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