CONCORD, N.C. — Tytianah Ward sat in the passenger seat of a parked SUV at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She adjusted her bright green graduation cap as family members packed in the rows behind her beam with pride.
COVID-19 may have canceled the high school graduation she’d always pictured, but this version might be more memorable.
“Obviously, I thought I’d be walking across the stage but, I’m really glad for this experience,” she said.
Ward is one of thousands of graduates in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, who accepted their diplomas Friday inside their vehicles on the NASCAR track. Similar graduation events have taken place in recent days at Daytona (above) and the Texas Motor Speedway.
People in decorated cars, trucks and SUVs parked outside the track and watched graduation speeches on the big screen and listened over the radio.