It didn’t have the same last-day-of-school feel previous senior classes were able to experience. But members of Centreville High School’s class of 2020 were given an upbeat sendoff earlier today.

Billed as a drive-thru cap-and-gown pickup, the one-hour event featured administrators and staff greeting and cheering students as they collected their graduation attire for what appears will be a July ceremony.

Principal Chad Brady said the feel-good event hopefully gave a boost to those who attended.

“Obviously we had no way of knowing at the time, but who would have imagined March 13 would have been their last day?” Brady said. “The class of 2020 in Centreville, and high schools and colleges everywhere, actually, will never have the traditional experiences that seniors are supposed to have, so for our kids today, at least, we’re trying to create a little buzz and excitement for them.”

There was music, Brady sounded an air horn, teacher Rob Collins strummed a guitar and serenaded and superintendent Stephanie Lemmer and others clapped and hollered as students drove into the pick-up lane.

Brady said he hopes to coordinate other happy events for the school’s 72 seniors, up to and including their middle-of-summer graduation ceremony.

“It’s our pleasure to help celebrate this year’s seniors … anything we can do to let them know we’re still thinking of them and plan to honor them the way this community does for every group of graduates,” Brady said. “We’ll have a senior week in July with a prom on a Sunday and graduation the following Sunday, but in the end, it’s about our kids and celebrating a big life milestone for them.”

Brady said more information about events related to the class of 2020 will be posted on the district’s website.

Lemmer, meanwhile, said the event was a well-deserved sendoff for a group of students who will go down in history as having the most unimaginable ending to their senior year.

“Keeping kids at the center of everything we do is what’s most important and this is just one way for us to do that,” she said. “It’s definitely not what anybody is used to but, hey, at least we’re able to turn lemons into lemonade.”

Lemmer said any senior who did not get a cap and gown Wednesday is encouraged to pick them up during the school’s weekly food distribution, which takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Thursday.