Graduation must go on

GUELPH – Although schools are closed, staff at Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) are making sure the graduating class of 2020 is feeling celebrated and recognized as they reach the milestone of Grade 8 or high school graduation.

“We had to find a way to acknowledge our graduating students and their hard work and dedication to their academic career,” said Steve Gulyas, principal at Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School.

“While it is not the same as a formal ceremony, we hope it is a chance for grads, parents and our staff to celebrate graduation in a fun and safe way. This is a big event for us all.”

All secondary and elementary schools at WCDSB are having a Class of 2020 Recognition Day to mark this unique year-end .

While slightly different for each school, families are being invited to schools for a drive through event where students will pick up grad lawn signs, school memorabilia and have their picture taken with the school principal or staff members, all from a safe distance.

All schools in the board are also receiving a graduation video thanks to a generous benefactor and the creative skills of Ward 1 Studios.

“We hope that we will be able to formally recognize the Class of 2020 in October at the Basilica of Our Lady,” reflected Kellie Angerilli, Principal at St. John Bosco Catholic High School. “Until then, no matter what their journey has been, our grads leave us with a renewed sense of faith and confidence. 2020 has been like no other year and our students have weathered the storm with strength, courage and hope.

“With our 2020 Recognition Days we want them to know they are truly loved.”

All 22 schools in WCDSB held a Class of 2020 Recognition Day during the week of June 22.

It is anticipated that over 1,300 graduates and their families took part.