PARKLAND, FL- Any student graduating from school this year is experiencing uniquely difficult circumstances. For students living in the Parkland Golf and Country Club neighborhood, a bleak season was made a little brighter by local residents and management at Parkland Golf. What began during the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic as a successful birthday parade inspired a full-blown graduation celebration this past weekend.

About 70 graduates from area schools gathered at the Parkland Golf and Country Clubhouse for a ceremony and parade celebrating their educational achievements. Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and County Commissioner Michael Udine were on hand, with Hunschofsky serving as parade marshall. BSO police and fire led the way at the parade, and the celebration was conscious to observe social distancing guidelines.

“The parade’s focus is on our graduates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas but the parade concept became so popular we opened it up to graduates from Pre-K to college and now have over 70 graduates participating!” said HOA Communications Director Bonnie Hirschel.

The movie-premier style ceremony included a red carpet entrance and a deejay announcing the graduates and emceeing the event. The ceremony was followed by a parade for the graduates around the neighborhood, which included stops for ice cream along the way.