GREENSBORO — On Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, the class of 2020 will be making their big screen debut at the drive-in movie theater located at the Greensboro Carnival Grounds in Greensboro. The event will begin each night at dusk and features a filming of all North Caroline High School seniors as they walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma from Principal Matt Spiker.
The event titled, #HomeGrownGraduation was organized by 11 “Bulldog Mamas,” said committee member Denae Spiering.
“Our group was formed out of a desire to do more for the class of 2020,” Spiering said. “We wanted to ensure our children and their classmates that this milestone in their life mattered, not to just us moms but to everyone.”
Other group members include Beverly Saathoff, Tracy Rorabaugh, Allison Harper, Ann Simpers, Stacy Voorhees, Sha Peterson, Tonya Downes, Crystal Bishop Parks, Priscilla Hardesty and Jennifer Leavers.
“After reading about all the great graduation celebrations for surrounding schools, I knew we as a community could do more for our North Caroline High School Class of 2020,” said Leavers. “I am happy to see them come ‘together, while apart’ to celebrate their accomplishments on the big screen. The outpouring of community support is making our #HomeGrownGraduation happen for seniors and their families.”
“I saw what other counties were doing across the state to create an inclusive, interactive graduation experience for their graduates,” said Rorabaugh. “I woke up incredibly early one morning thinking to myself — We can do this too. So here we are. The drive-in is a perfect way to provide a memorable, inclusive and interactive graduation experience for our class of 2020 graduates.”
“We have a great village of parents that will not back down when it comes to our kids,” said Downes.” I believe getting our seniors together, even if they are car lengths apart, will be an experience they will never forget.”
Spiering said the Town of Greensboro, the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company, the Greensboro Police Department, and the Caroline County Health Department were supportive of the idea from the start. Local companies are also chipping in to help, including Pierson’s Comfort Group of Ridgely who is donating porta-potties for the event.
“There are a lot of moving parts to hosting something like this, especially in the midst of a pandemic, but the amount of support we have from the greater Greensboro community and surrounding towns has been amazing,” said Spiering.
Spiering said with help from community leaders they have outlined several guidelines event participants must follow due to Covid-19. Some of the guidelines include; guests must stay in their vehicles at all times, unless there is an emergency, no outdoor seating shall be permitted, including seating in an open bed of a vehicle, and masks must be worn while entering the drive-in and remain on until vehicle is parked.
“We have all worked really hard to make this happen and we are all very excited to see the class of 2020 be together one last time and to be able to celebrate one another, in a safe way,” Spiering said.
The event is free and open to the public, seniors are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and are asked to wear their cap and gowns for a turning of the tassels at the end of the film. For more information or to register for tickets visit https://nchshomegrowngraduation.eventbrite.com