Central Alberta high school students can look forward to spring ceremonies that graduates used to enjoy prior to the pandemic.
“(Schools) are trying to move ahead with a typical graduation. Our schools are planning for that, setting dates. We’re hoping for the best,” said superintendent Kurt Sacher with Chinook’s Edge School Division.
He said excitement is building for celebrations planned for May and June. The focus is on hosting some incredible graduations.
“Graduation is the pinnacle of celebrations in school divisions. It means a great deal to the kids and staff and the families.”
He said in the last two years schools did their best for graduates while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, and looked for creative options.
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is also making 2022 graduation preparations.
“The staff and students are excited to celebrate graduation. For everyone involved in education, the last two years have been trying and to have the opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate our students is truly a blessing,” said principal Graeme Daniel at St. Joseph High School.
The formal ceremony and banquet for St. Joseph students is set for June 29th. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Field House, followed by the banquet and dance at 5 p.m. at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall.
Graduation ceremonies for École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will also be held on June 29 at the Peavey Mart Centrium at Westerner Park. The cap and gown ceremony is at 9 a.m., and celebration starts at 7 p.m.
High schools with Red Deer Public Schools will host graduations ceremonies in May and June.
Hunting Hills High School will have two ceremonies 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.on May 13 at Westerner Park.
École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School will have three ceremonies at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 27 at Lindsay Thurber.
Alternative School Centre will have its ceremony on June 24 at Bower Ponds.
Graduates at Gateway Christian will celebrate on June 28 at New Life Fellowship Church.