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Graduation Car Parades Returning to West Hartford for 2021

Conard High School Class of 2020 graduation parade. June 15, 2020. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The community will be able to cheer for members of the Conard High School and Hall High School Class of 2021 as they participate in graduation car parades on Sunday, June 13.

Hall High Class of 2020 graduation parade. June 15, 2020. Photo credit: Cara Paiuk (we-ha.com file photo)

By Ronni Newton

Virtually everything about the last several months of school for the Class of 2020 had to be greatly modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as soon as the Conard and Hall car parades passed through their designated routes, to the cheers and smiles of those watching, there was a clear message from the community that the parades were a hit and needed to become an ongoing graduation tradition.

West Hartford Public Schools listened – and both Conard and Hall will hold simultaneous Class of 2021 car parades beginning from their respective schools at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 13.

Most seniors will be in the passenger seats of vehicles, and the students are being invited to decorate the vehicles to highlight their own unique interests.

The community is invited to come out and watch the parades, and cheer for the members of the Class of 2021. The routes for both schools are posted below. Please note that the caravans will have to follow rules of the road and stop for lights and stop signs.

Conard parade:

Conard graduation parade route. Courtesy image

Seniors will exit right from the Conard parking lot, turn right onto Berkshire Road, right onto Belcrest, left on Westminster continuing to the end. At Sedgwick Road, they will take a left, pass Sedgwick Middle School, right onto Wardwell, right onto Boulevard, right onto South Main Street and then left onto Webster Hill Boulevard ending at Webster Hill School.

Hall parade:

Hall graduation parade route. Courtesy image

Seniors will exit right out of Hall, turn left on Albany Avenue all the way down to Prospect Avenue, turn right onto Prospect and then right onto Fern Street. The parade officially ends at Fern and Trout Brook.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at both Conard and Hall high school will be held in person this year, outdoors on the school campuses. Both are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, with a rain date of June 16.

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