Lampman School will say farewell to 17 graduates on June 26.
The administration decided to postpone the big day in the hopes to see a better epidemiological situation and fewer restrictions. And so far their hopes are justified.
Principal Annemarie Rosner said that while it's been a challenging year for everyone, now that there's some light at the end of the tunnel, it looks like Grade 12 students are going to have a real grad ceremony to celebrate the great individuals leaving the school behind and entering the big world.
"They're a very diverse group. They've got a wide range of interests and strengths. They are a light-hearted group. And they've got a good sense of humour," Rosner said.
"I'm excited to see what the future holds for this group."
The graduation day will still be a bit different from what other classes had before, but 2021 students and their parents definitely will have a way to celebrate their achievements this year.
"Our school purchased banners for the graduates that are posted along Highway 361 by the school ... Traditionally, Lampman School's grad would have been celebrated last Friday, May 28. However, earlier in the year, we had been advised to postpone our grad celebration to later. So we chose Saturday, June 26, in hopes that restrictions would lessen as the year went on," Rosner explained.
The Grade 12 graduation theme is Sweet Ending to a New Beginning. The school chose silver, gold and black colours for the big day.
"Lampman School, including staff, students, and parents, truly feel thankful that we can give our 17 graduates a ceremony to celebrate the graduation milestone. The ceremony itself will strictly follow the ministry's graduation guidelines. And as a result, the ceremony will incorporate some Lampman School traditions. But of course, some traditions are put on hold," Rosner said.
On the day of the graduation, traditionally parents' bios would be read as each grad enters the stage. Some moments were modified, but students will still have a chance to give their parents a rose – Lampman School's traditional way of paying tribute to parents. There will be a principal’s message, a parent’s speech and a reply, and a handing out of the diplomas. Rosner noted that the ceremony will be significantly shorter than usual, as requested by the parents and the grads.
"We are excited that we are able to put something on. It'll definitely take thoughtful planning in terms of making sure that everything is following the safety measures. But I have a really great team behind me. And I'm confident that we can put together something really memorable and wonderful for our Grade 12s," Rosner said.
The school will put on an official ceremony, but anything else the graduation class does afterwards will not be a part of the school’s plans.