High school graduation can be one of the most surreal moments in our lives, seeing 12 long years of work finally celebrated. One school district isn't letting some pandemic stop that from happening. There will be an in-person grad ceremony in B.C. after all, and it's among the first to be announced in the province.
B.C.'s Sooke School District just announced that their graduating class of 2020 will get to walk the stage while safely social distancing.
The ceremonies will take place in Sooke's schools during the last week of class, from Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, according to a letter sent to parents that was shared with Narcity. There are four secondary schools in the district, and they'll each organize their own ceremonies.
"We will now be able to offer an in-person crossing of the stage graduation ceremony for those students that would like to participate in that," said Superintendent Scott Stinson in a video posted on Facebook.
He continued that students will be able to dress in their caps and gowns if they'd like. But instead of one big ceremony, it'll be a bunch of smaller ones.
Students will come to school in little groups and taking turns walking the stage to pick up their grad folders. They'll each get a professional photo taken and return to their seats. Parents and family aren't allowed to come.
While there won't be any in-person speeches from valedictorians, the school district says they're making a video tribute that will hopefully make up for it.
It might not be the ceremony many students had hoped for but thousands of people have been pushing for an in-person ceremony for a while.
Earlier in May, Sooke students launched a petition to get an in-person ceremony instead of just a video, which was the original plan. Around 4,600 people signed in just two weeks.
Elsewhere in the country like in Calgary, schools threw parades and "drive-thru" grads in honour of their students. While it's not quite the same as before, schools across the country are doing their best to celebrate all that their students managed to achieve.