Post-Pone Prom and Graduation INSTEAD of Cancelling Them For The Class of 2020

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As we all know, COVID-19 has taken away many events and opportunities for many of us. Due to COVID-19 we can no longer attend school for an uncertain amount of time. I am sure that this is putting many students, of all grades, in distress as the next few months are unknown. However, as a grade 12 student, I am not only speaking for myself when I say that I am most concerned about receiving a graduation ceremony and a prom in regards to our grade 12 year.

Graduating high school is a very important stage of every grade 12 student's academic journey. We have been looking forward to this day for many years. It is a great accomplishment for all grade 12 students and should never be overlooked. I believe that attending the graduation ceremony, throwing our caps in the air, and saying some last goodbyes to close friends is a beautiful coming of age celebration that every student should be able to experience. 

Alongside the graduation ceremony, the class of 2020's prom is also in jeopardy. Many of us have been more excited for prom than we are for our graduation. It has been years and years of anticipation to be able to have that special, once in a life time, experience. Many students have already purchased expensive ($500+) dresses/suits that are non-refundable. Having our special night cancelled would crush us, as we would never be able to experience that magical night just as every other graduating class has in the past.

We understand that these times are uncertain and it is difficult to make any promises at this moment. However, all we ask from the York Catholic District School Board is to try their hardest to post-pone the graduation ceremony and proms for the class of 2020 instead of coming to the conclusion of cancelling them completely. We believe that we deserve the same celebration as every other graduating class.

- Class of 2020