CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The city of Conway is honoring the Class of 2020 in a special way.
Grounds and maintenance crews, along with Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy and Horry County School Board member Janet Graham, lined the streets with photos of high school seniors.
“We’re driving down the road and I’m like, ‘Oh, there’s somebody I know. Oh, there’s somebody else I know. Oh, there’s me,’” said Carolina Forest High School senior Andrew Jordan.
The city decided to surprise its graduating seniors by putting up signs with their portraits on them in the middle of the night.
Jordan appreciated the gesture.
“It was very much a surprise," said Jordan. "I did not know about it.”
Sara Bella-Carter made sure to snap a pic near her portrait on her way back from graduation at Carolina Forest High School.
“It was really beautiful and I got to see a lot of my friends," said Bella-Carter. "It was great. They did a good job.”
Carolina Forest High School started its multi-staged approach to graduation this afternoon by having a few dozen students at a time receive their diplomas.
“They still do the speeches and everything," said Jordan. "Instead of handing you your diploma, you pick it up off the thing and they take the photo you walk back out with.”
Although it has been a strange end to her four years, the memory of walking across the stage will always be a happy one for Sara.
“I really had better thoughts about senior year, and I wanted to go out with a big bang, but this coronavirus had another thing coming," said Bella-Carter. "It was still great. I wouldn’t change anything. I still love it.”
The series of smiling faces that line Main Street in Conway feature seniors from five different high schools.
A banner was also placed at Conway City Hall congratulating the graduates.