SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's hard to imagine anyone starting the school year like they do at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.
Emotional and proud family members welcomed in the new senior class at Savannah Christian on Wednesday morning.
"Garden City needed backup for crowd control, and I thought I would help out and say hi to my young niece here, because she is graduating from this school Savannah Christian," Buford Tuggleson said. "I am here to wave to her and help with crowd control."
"I brought the baby pictures," Kim Hart said, who's the a mother of a senior at the school.
"He is opening a new page in his life, what better way to celebrate than with bagpipes and signs," said Steve Eagle, whose son is a senior this year.
It can be somewhat embarrassing for students, but it is a tradition that gets parents cheering for their seniors as they drive in for their first day of school.
For nearly 12 years, many of these parents have watched their children rise up in the ranks at Savannah Christian, and the students began the final chapter.
"Chaston has been here since he has been 6 months old," said Hart. "It's the end of a milestone for us, and he is really excited."
"This is the last one, then she goes off to college," said Richard Forkner, whose son is a senior. "So we are emotional about the whole thing."
The students also have mixed emotions about the parade.
"It was awesome," said student Lyndsey Harper.
"It was kinda embarrassing, but kinda fun," said student Skye Cornwell.
Every year, the headmaster has one warning for the parents.
"We try to encourage parents from jumping out in the roads, because their students may not stop," said Headmaster Roger Yancy.
But students did stop to take in the moment and snag a kiss from their proud parents.
After the parade, the parents hung their handmade posters and banners in the school's cafeteria.