In-person graduation for the Northern class of 2021

In-person graduation for the Northern class of 2021

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Northern Class of 21' started this petition to northern secondary school and

The graduating class of 2021 has had a year like no other graduating class in generations. 


Covid-19 took our senior year away from us. Classes have been completely virtual for well over half the year. We have had no sports, no clubs, no extracurriculars, no prom, nothing that makes a senior year so special. For months, we have had to see classmates, friends, teachers, and even family on a tiny little screen on our computer at home. The last thing anyone wants right now is another virtual experience. 


As we approach the end of the year, the Ontario government has finally given the go-ahead for us seniors to have one memorable experience to cap off our high school days: an outdoor, in-person graduation. While everyone appreciates the hard work and money that Northern and the TDSB have put into arranging a virtual graduation ceremony, our class feels there should be an effort made for us to celebrate outdoors together. This will be the last time we get to see each other before we all go our separate ways. With social distancing, masks, and vaccines, there is a way for us to celebrate safely. We can understand that there would not be equitable access for students in all communities, however, there are hybrid options to ensure all students and their families can attend the graduation in some way. 


High school graduation is a ritual that marks not only graduates' achievements but orients them towards a hopeful future. The graduating class needs that ritual more than ever, and I and the classmates who have signed this petition urge you to consider offering an in-person component to our graduation ceremony.


Thank you for your consideration 

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