If it was ever unclear why people who live in Western Pennsylvania would consider buying a convertible, days like Monday provide an answer.

Sylvia Knight

Sylvia Knight has a special way of congratulating brother Owen on his graduation.

The first day of June was about as good as it gets in this neck of the woods, which in turn was good for a special event at Upper St. Clair High School.

Because students in the Class of 2020 throughout Pennsylvania were denied many of the traditional activities for seniors, school administrators and members of the community have been coming up with creative ways to pay tribute.

In Upper St. Clair, signs featuring photos of graduating seniors were posted along what became a parking lot parade route, as onlookers cheered for the students as they were chauffeured in various types of vehicles.

Those who rode in convertibles, of course, had a prime view of the crowd, and vice versa. Pickup trucks proved to be ideal, too, as did cars and trucks with sunroofs.

But whatever their means of conveyance, the seniors enjoyed waving to their friends and family members as they made their way around the parade route as many times as they liked.

At this point, the school district’s schedule calls for tentative events for seniors in the summer:

  • Graduation practice – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (approximate end time) July 27 at the high school. The Senior Picnic/Banquet follows.
  • Red Carpet – 4:15 p.m. July 28 on Panther Pass Drive at the high school.
  • Senior Prom – July 28 at Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, inside the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the event wraps up at 11.
  • Baccalaureate – 5:30 p.m. July 30 in the high school, senior class only. Parents can attend if seats are available.
  • Commencement – 7 p.m. July 30 at the high school stadium, with open seating in the bleachers.

A decision regarding all in-person events will be determined on July 10.

Eri Hayakawa

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Eri Hayakawa takes advantage of her family car’s sunroof.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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