Event Replaces Traditional Commencement Ceremony With Car Parade To Celebrate Graduating Senior Class And Their Families During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Ellicott City, Maryland, May 26, 2020—Glenelg Country School (GCS), a leading independent college preparatory school for age two through grade twelve, will hold a special, one-of-a-kindgraduation ceremony featuring a decorated car parade to honor the graduating Class of 2020.

This unique event takes place on June 5, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

To kick-off this event, graduating seniors will receive custom-made “graduation boxes”
containing their cap, gown, tassel, gifts, and other items that would have normally been given out during a week-long celebration of events. Students previously received recognition yard signs. After consulting with student leaders from the senior class, graduation boxes will also include a car decorating starter kit, so families can decorate their car for the parade.

Michaela McAleer, honor council co-president notes that “being able to decorate our cars with GCS spirit for the car parade will really allow us to make this day special and unique to our class.”

The outdoor parade, which was planned in lieu of an online virtual ceremony, will provide
students with a memorable closing ceremony, while adhering to state and CDC pandemic
guidelines, including social distancing parameters. “I expected graduation to happen online.

When I was told about the parade, I was so excited! It shows me how much the school care and it’s the perfect way to bring closure to an unconventional senior year,” says Melissa Jacob, honor council co-president.

The event, closed to the public and limited to one car per family, will be live streamed on
Glenelg Country School’s Facebook page.

About Glenelg Country School
Founded in 1954, Glenelg Country School is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, college
preparatory day school for students age 2 through grade 12. Located in Howard County, with bus transportation, the 90-acre campus boasts four academic buildings, a performing arts center, two gymnasiums, a turf field, observatory, outdoor classrooms, amphitheater, saline pool, campus pond, and more. Our balanced, holistic education philosophy and project-based learning programs incorporate multiple disciplines that help children grow into exceptional adults. Visit to learn more.