Making Commencement 2020 Memorable

Making Commencement 2020 Memorable

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Sarah Foster started this petition to SCDSB and

My name is Sarah Foster and I am a grade 12 student at CCI. Today, I am reaching out on behalf of the graduating class of 2020 at Collingwood Collegiate Institute. 

I am sure that this time has been overwhelming with questions and concerns regarding commencement along with many oppositions to the cancellation of commencement. In such times of uncertainty, myself and the graduating class understands that this is out of your control and that it is a necessary measure considering all that is happening. However, graduation is a monumental time to recognize the dedication and commitment that has been put into our education over the past four years. 


While we are appreciative of a virtual graduation and it may seem like a viable alternative, I think I speak for all of us when I say that we would like to make our graduation as memorable as possible considering the Covid-19 circumstances. Since this outbreak arose so early in our second semester, our graduating class has not yet even had the option to order our cap and gowns. Therefore, to participate in a virtual commencement without caps and gowns in replacement of graduation has little to no significance to us. 


In addition to a virtual graduation, I would like to present a proposal to enhance our graduation and add significance. The idea is to provide students with the opportunity to purchase their caps and gowns and have them participate in a drive-thru at the school to pick it up.


We can accomplish this by communication through student email. As well, to my understanding, our school has a database of parent/guardian emails. Thus, we can use these resources to our advantage and give students the opportunity to order a cap and gown. For those that do not have access to internet, we can mail out an order form. Upon delivery of the cap and gown order, a drive-thru can be set up in our school bus loop/student parking lot.This gives students an opportunity to pick up their cap and gown that they have so rightly earned through their dedication to their education. During the pick-up, staff can gather in the bus loop (while maintaining the social distancing guidelines) and students will have the opportunity for that last visit to the school, goodbyes to teachers, and waves to friends. Once a cap and gown has been acquired, a virtual graduation would be much more significant rather than just sitting in on it in our casual clothes. 


Of course, this is a rough draft to a plan. There will be kinks and there will be adjustments. It is the basis of an idea that will assist in adding a great significance and meaning to a virtual graduation for our graduating class. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Here's to a memorable graduation considering the circumstances! 

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