Helicopter, parade, fire trucks, airfield all part of Jessamine graduation

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The innovations continue when it comes to pulling off high school graduations for the class of 2020 which has seen tradition thrown out the window by more than two months of shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

Jessamine County Schools are the latest example of a school district finding a creative way to hold high school graduation ceremonies worthy of this important milestone.

The district, with 8,200 students, and R. J. Corman Railroad Group have joined forces to provide a “one-of-a-kind” graduation experience for the JCS class of 2020, while continuing to ensure the safety of graduates and their families.

On May 22, 2020, graduates will don their caps and gowns to participate in a parade-style drive-through graduation ceremony on the R. J. Corman grounds.

Graduates will travel in vehicles with their immediate families through a three-mile scenic route to Lucas Field.

The procession will be led by a R. J. Corman helicopter (weather permitting) and will circle the airstrip, driving under a congratulatory banner held by two Nicholasville fire trucks.

One guest vehicle per graduate will also be allowed on the grounds and these spectators will park alongside the airstrip to cheer on the graduates.
In order to ensure safety and social distancing, all graduates and guests will stay in their vehicles during the entire ceremony.

Local radio station JESS-FM 105.9 will broadcast each school’s ceremony, with remarks from Superintendent Matt Moore, school principals, and senior class representatives, and each graduate’s name will be announced.

Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicles for the parade.

May 23 is the alternate date in case of inclement weather.

The Providence School graduation will be at 1 p.m.,East Jessamine High will be at 3 p.m., and West Jessamine High will be at 5:30 p.m.

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