June 18 to 20 will see a different looking graduation ceremony this year. Make that ceremonies.
“There will be three ceremonies on the Thursday and Friday and five ceremonies on the Saturday,” says DCSS Principal Josh Kurjata.
For the graduates of Dawson Creek Secondary School, they are fortunate to be surrounded by a community that is committed to making graduation a special celebration this year.
“As a school we reached out to our community partners, parents, and students to make alternative arrangements. We received immense support and dozens of creative suggestions. Some ideas we could work with, while others were outside of provincial health restrictions. Our aim is to make graduation events as meaningful and memorable for the DCSS grad class of 2020,” say DCSS Administration.
“Our students have heard us say in the past that there will be days you will remember for the rest of your life, and the day you graduate high school is one of those days. This year, that statement has more relevance than ever before as Graduation for the class of 2020 will be remembered in the history books because of the pandemic. We strived to strike a balance with our planning by taking into account all the conversations and requests we have had over the past two months.”
“Finally, our student and parent community felt a sense of loss in not being able to experience the traditional events. That collective feeling has evolved to a creative acceptance. Now, there is a recognition that Graduation 2020 will be more memorable than ever. This class will have a special story to share for decades about their “socially-distanced” graduation events. In addition, the broader community has embraced the challenge of recognizing DCSS grads within the City of Dawson Creek.”
The plans for graduation this year are to hold several mini ceremonies over three days. Students are able to sign-up for timeslots with a group of 15 peers and close family.
The ceremonies will occur in Unchagah Hall and provide students with a chance to cross the stage, receive their certificate, and take photos with family and friends. All of the events will be live-streamed and recorded. In addition to photo banners that will be hung from City lamp posts, the Dawson Creek Mirror’s grad supplement goes after June ceremonies as well.
“As a school, we want to extend a huge thank you to support we have received in helping to make this year a memorable graduation experience for the class of 2020.”
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