There will likely be no dances, no events and no massive ceremonies for Calgary grads once more this yr.
For the second yr in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic has pressured Calgary’s public and Catholic college boards to nix conventional commencement occasions.
Bryan Szumlas, chief superintendent of the Calgary Catholic Faculty Division, mentioned the choice is about guaranteeing security.
“Security of our college students, security of our household and security of our workers, and due to the COVID-19 restrictions which are in place proper now,” he mentioned.
“And this stuff are such a giant occasion that planning begins initially of the college yr. Understanding the place we’re at proper now, it is simply not attainable to place this stuff collectively.”
Christopher Usih, chief superintendent with the Calgary Board of Training, mentioned he understands college students are disillusioned.
“Definitely as a mum or dad I do know what I felt like for my daughter, who was not capable of have a proper commencement. So I do know that this is essential for households,” he mentioned.
“Commencement is a time to make reminiscences that may final a lifetime, very similar to final June. Our colleges are planning recognition ceremonies in alignment with COVID-19 well being restrictions,” mentioned Szumlas.
“Final yr, our colleges went all out to create wonderful experiences. Some colleges did drive-thru, some you bought out and also you waited in step with your distancing between people the place you really crossed the stage outdoors.”
Each college boards mentioned they are actually brainstorming methods to rejoice and acknowledge the milestone in a protected approach.