AESS Grad Parade on tap for this week

Grad parade will pass through Agassiz, Harrison, Seabird Island

The parade route will reach Seabird Island, Harrison Hot Springs, the District of Kent and will circle back to the Agassiz town site, heading to The Broken Whisk for dinner (Graphic/Greg Lawley and Adam Louis).

The grads are coming! The grads are coming!

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School (AESS) is hosting a graduation parade to honour the class of 2020 on Saturday (June 13) starting from AESS at approximately 5:30 p.m. The parade acts in lieu of the traditional graduation ceremony as traditional gatherings aren’t possible this year due to the pandemic.

The grad parade was “making the best of a bad situation,” said AESS principal Greg Lawley.

RELATED: Individualized ceremonies, parades replace traditional ceremonies for Fraser Cascade 2020 grads

Between Thursday (June 11) and Saturday (June 13), graduates can invite up to nine family members to a 20-minute individualized ceremony at AESS’s gym, complete with red carpet, archways and decorations. Scholarships will be handed out, and there will be video speeches from the superintendent, local municipal and First Nations leaders as well as the class Valedictorian.

READ ALSO: Agassiz Fall Fair kicks off Saturday events with parade, Corn King

The parade will begin at the District Hall parking lot in Agassiz, led by an RCMP vehicle. The parade route is the following:

Depart back of District of Kent Parking Lot by Turning Left on Cheam Avenue led by RCMP

Turn right onto Hwy 9 over train tracks

Turn Right onto Hwy 7 to Seabird Island

Turn Left onto Seabird Island Road

Turn Right on Chowat Road

Pass in front of Seabird Island Band Office 5:35 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Left on Sthitsem Drive 5:40 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Right onto Charles Drive 5:45 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Left on SeabiRoad Island Road

Turn Right onto Hwy 7 and head to Harrison Hot Springs. 5:50 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Right onto Harrison Hot Spring Road and drive to Harrison Hot Springs. 5:55 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Right onto Lillooet Road 6:00 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Right on Eagle Street which becomes McCombs Drive

Right on McPherson Road

Left on Harrison Hot Springs Road 6:00 p.m. (approx.)

Harrison Hot Spring Road to Right turn on McCallum Road. 6:05 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Left on Birch Road

Turn Left on to Else Road to four way stop at Hwy 7 and 9 intersection 6:10 p.m. (approx.)

Straight on Hwy 9 to Agassiz past AESS then turn Left on Morrow Road

Turn Right onto Vimy Road 6:15 p.m. (approx.)

Turn Left on Elm Road which becomes Logan Road

Turn Left onto Morrow Road then turn Right onto Heath Road 6:20 p.m. (approx.)

Turn left onto Pioneer Road

Pick-up family dinners at the Broken Whisk 6:25 p.m. (approx.)

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The AESS grad class of 2020 heads down the parade route on their float, shortly before launching fireworks over the train tracks for some extra flair. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

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