Lakeshore High School senior Isabella Najera celebrates out of her car’s window during a graduation parade last May at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville. School officials had decided to honor the graduating seniors with the parade due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graduation ceremonies were planned at the beginning of the school year, but many changed throughout the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the state announced a rollback of several restrictions for outdoor gatherings in early May, Southwest Michigan school districts began altering their graduation ceremonies once again.


St. Joseph High School seniors head down Lakeshore Drive during a graduation parade last June in St. Joseph.


School staff cheer as senior Lawrence Cohn arrives for his diploma during a drive-thru graduation parade held last June at Benton Harbor High School.