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Lake Shelbyville "SENIOR" Drive Thru Parade
Kyle Ladd
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Lake Shelbyville "SENIOR" Drive Thru Parade 

Saturday, May 22, 2021 

4:00pm - 5:00pm 

This recognition experience was started last year.  Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, we have decided to make this event an annual tradition.  The short video produced from last year's experience was viewed by nearly 50,000 people.  In addition to highlighting our beautiful town, the drive thru graduation parade has proven to be an excellent way to recognize our deserving graduates.  This event is not designed as a replacement for the in-person commencement ceremony that is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021.    

  • Scenic roadway above the Lake Shelbyville Dam 
  • 3 possible entrances available (9th Street OR Route 16)  
  • 2 lanes of continual traffic movement  
  • All parking is reserved for students and support personnel 
  • If inclement weather prevents this event from taking place on the schedule date and time, it will be rescheduled.  The accommodated time will be determined based upon projected weather conditions.  

Event Expectations 

in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois State Board of Education, Shelbyville School District Board of Education, Shelby County Health Department, and the Shelbyville Police Department.   

  • All senior level students should wear their graduation CAP & GOWN.  
  • Students should arrive no later than 3:30pm.  Vehicles should be parked in one of the three available lots (Scenic Overlook with Beach View, Scenic Overlook with Restroom Access, Visitor Center Parking Lot).  

  • Students are encouraged to use the restroom prior to coming to the event. 

  • School support personnel will coordinate all student movement from start to finish.  Students will be purposely placed 6-10 feet apart along the lake view walkway.  This area is protected by a guardrail.    

  • Students will be required to wear a face mask when gathering with other students or staff.  Students do not need to continue wearing their mask once they are in their reserved spot.  

  • Senior yard signs will be set up on display next to each graduating senior.  These senior yards signs have been paid for thanks to the generosity of Monical's Pizza of Shelbyville.  Students should take these home with them after the event.  

  • We will have a professional photographer and a professional videographer on site during the entire experience. Aerial photography (drone usage) is not permitted. 

  • Please help us ensure a safe and steady flow of traffic throughout the experience.  At no point in time should spectators/supporters park, or exit their vehicles.  Individuals within their vehicle, with obvious exception to the actual driver, are allowed to safely take photos of the graduates while driving thru the scenic overlook.  Of note, there will be several photos and videos taken during the experience that will be freely shared with the public.  

  • This student experience is accessible to persons with disabilities, and all necessary accommodations for students with special needs will be provided.