The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) put together a very modified graduation plan for students finishing their final year of school while the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues.
“All of our secondary schools have gone above and beyond to ensure that our graduates are celebrated in some special way,” stated Natalie Cameron, CDSBEO superintendent of school effectiveness, in a report during the June 9 board meeting. “Every CDSBEO graduate will remember how important they were to us, and how the pandemic did not prevent us from celebrating their great accomplishments.”
All CDSBEO schools received individualized graduation celebration lawn signs for personal distribution to students and their families. Each sign features the CDSBEO and particular school logos, along with the name of the graduating student.
Principals, teachers or other CDSBEO officials delivering the signs were dressed in either formal cap-and-gown or some type of “spirit wear” for the occasion, and observed pandemic social distancing guidelines. Diplomas and other special commemorative items were also presented to students, including notices of bursaries, scholarships, or other special awards.