This year 66 students from Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute donned cap and gown for their June 23 graduation event. But, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of assembling for one last time inside of the VCI auditorium to receive their diplomas and honours, students and their families took part in a drive-in graduation event organized by the school staff.
Students remained inside their vehicles as they drove up to the presentation area. There they were presented with their certificate of graduation along with a swag bag of special commemorative items.
Confirmation of bursaries, scholarships, and/or special awards were also part of the package for some students. All those who wished also got to use a special “graduation picture frame” for special commemorative photos. Each grad also received an individualized lawn sign to post in their front yard to help commemorate the occasion.
The Ministry of Education will mail out all official high school diplomas at a later date.