Pennsbury High School seniors looked skyward Wednesday for a special commencement surprise.
Wednesday, June 10, would have been graduation day for seniors if not for the pandemic. Due to state restrictions, gatherings of 25 people are off limits in Bucks County.
Instead of in-person ceremonies, local school districts are getting creative. Pennsbury may have raised the bar for unique solutions.
To celebrate, the school district booked a plane to fly over head with a banner saying “Congratulations Pennsbury Seniors.” It made passes over Tullytown, Falls Township, Yardley, and Lower Makefield.
In addition, several teachers worked together to create gift bags to deliver to seniors’ homes. They succeeded in delivering them to all 780 seniors before noon Wednesday.
Administrators are still hoping for an in-person ceremony in July. “Plans are still taking shape” for a commencement at Falcon Field, according to Supervisor of Communication Strategies Ann Langtry.
Other school districts are also coming up with new ways to celebrate their graduates.
Bristol Borough High School seniors will be conducting a vehicle parade through the borough Friday. Students will gather at Calvary Baptist Church on Green Lane at 3 p.m.
From there, they will head through Mill Street, Radcliffe Street, and eventually end up back on Green Lane.
As for Bensalem High School students, the school district has organized a drive-in movie style graduation.
Beginning at 5 p.m., families will watch from their cars in the parking lot of the Parx Entertainment Complex as the graduation is broadcast live on the big screens out front. Audio will be broadcast to their radios.