2020 graduates from Grade 12 and Grade 8 at GECDSB schools were unable to celebrate in traditional fashion this year, but due to the singularity of the 2020 school year and the efforts of school staff it will remain a memorable experience.
The COVID-19 emergency did not allow students, families and staff to gather, but everyone was still given the chance to enjoy the event. Each school produced a video graduation that was broadcast on-line, many of which have been posted to the GECDSB YouTube Channel .
The videos included messages from school administration, Director of Education Erin Kelly, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Ron LeClair and of course a valedictory address. Some had special touches, such as the conclusion of the Dr. David Suzuki PS video, which included a message from the school's namesake .
Each graduate also received a lawn sign to post to share their great news in their own neighbourhoods. At Leamington District Secondary School a local company produced a mural-sized composite of grad photos (pictured, right). Each graduate has been encouraged to visit the school and have their picture taken with their classmates in the background.