It wasn’t the graduation ceremony every parent or student envisioned, but through the efforts of many, graduating students throughout Northumberland in 2020 were celebrated – just in a different way.
The last of the prom parades in the Cobourg and Port Hope area was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
It started at Northumberland Mall at 2 p.m. and was spearheaded by Pavanne Hawkes.
Ironically, Hawkes didn’t have any children who were graduating this year. She just wanted to give graduates a special moment.
With dark skies looming to the north, the parade went off without a hitch.
Along the way, there were numerous smiles both from the graduates and from family and friends along the route.
Leaving Northumberland Mall, Town Crier Mandy Robinson congratulated each student as they passed heading onto Rogers Road.
At the end of the procession, Cobourg Police made sure everyone was safe.
Graduating students from Cobourg Collegiate Institute, St. Mary Second School and Northumberland Christian School took part in the special event.
Also in the procession were Deputy Mayor Suzanne Seguin and Councillor Adam Bureau.
The prom parade made their way through Cobourg Streets including University Avenue, Lakeshore Drive, and north on D’Arcy Street ending at the Cobourg Community Centre.
“Seeing so many happy families and community members coming together was the entire point of the day,” said Hawkes.
“We are blessed to live in a small town full of such spirit.”
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