Summerland Secondary School will hold its graduation ceremonies on Monday, June 28, but the event will be unlike the past graduations.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremonies have been modified.
An initial student-only ceremony will be held at the high school gym beginning at 8:30 a.m. No guests will be present as guest speakers and the school valedictorians will present their speeches.
Alan Stel, principal of the high school, said this portion of the ceremony is expected to last around an hour. The graduating students will be physically distanced for this event.
Patrick Geertz and Jashan Saran will be the valedictorians. In past years, the school has had one male and one female valedictorian. This year, there are two male valedictorians. They were selected by their classmates.
Awards, including the school’s prestigious Verrier Award and Matsu Memorial Scholarship, will be presented during this ceremony.
Following the student-only ceremony, the school will hold diploma-granting ceremonies in the gym. There will be 20 ceremonies, each one 15 minutes long, to present the 104 graduating students with their high school diplomas. The ceremonies will run from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Each student can have up to four guests present for the diploma presentation.
The entire graduation events will be recorded on video, and a copy of the complete ceremonies will be given to each of the graduating students.
This is the second year graduation ceremonies have been modified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, a series of small ceremonies were held at the school gym over three days, with a video presented later.
In previous years, before the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation ceremonies were held at the Summerland Arena and featured all the graduates, their families, dignitaries and other guests for the event. Stel believes future graduation ceremonies will be held in the arena once again, with crowds returning for the events.
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