July 27, 2021

High school graduates receive their diplomas by crossing finish line at Daytona International Speedway

The seniors from Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Fla., near Daytona Beach, received their diplomas on Sunday morning — one car at a time.

After their traditional high school graduation ceremony was canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Flagler County School District knew they’d have to get a bit creative for their 2020 graduates. But that didn’t stop the school’s community from banding together to come up with a unique way to celebrate their accomplishments.

“When the pandemic hit, we pulled together a group of seniors, and started having conversations about how we … make things happen for the senior class,” Matanzas High School principal Jeff Reaves told Yahoo Life. “Graduation was the biggest event, and so that was the goal — to make sure we had some sort of graduation.”

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