Graduating from Grade 8 and into high school is a rite of passage. COVID-19 shouldn’t get in the way.  So Cochrane Public School is honouring its class of 2020 with a ceremony on Zoom.

Principal Tim Swartz says it will feature guest speakers, valedictorians and award winners.

“We’re going to give them their things ahead of time and we’ll have a slide show playing of them actually getting their diploma – or their certificate, actually – and getting their awards. It’s going to be regular as much as possible,” he outlines. Most of the 40 grads are still in the building, in Grade 9 at the high school.  So Swartz says they’ll be given their certificates and awards in advance.

(District School Board Ontario North East)

The Zoom event is set for March 31st. Swartz notes that the pandemic got in the way of an in-person ceremony last spring, and continues to.

“We started off this year and things were not normal and again we didn’t know when things were going to get back to normal and we’re still not there yet,” Swartz remarks.  “So we thought we’d better get this done because it’s March.”

The prinicipal says the school wants to honour the grads and give them their moment to shine.