Update on Graduation Ceremonies

Posted On Tuesday June 08, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Schools have been planning their virtual graduation ceremonies for many months. Given the recent relaxation of some safety protocols, schools have the option to supplement those virtual graduations with an outdoor in-person acknowledgement. This may take the form of graduating students participating in a “drive/walk through” ceremony with scheduled time slots for each graduate and strict health and safety protocols in place based on direction from the Durham Region Health Department.

We understand how important graduation ceremonies are and want you to know that your school will share more information on their plans directly with the families of graduating students. School staff are striving to provide engaging opportunities that close off this tumultuous year with deep appreciation for all that students have experienced. Secondary schools with a fall commencement will continue their planning for an event in the fall and in line with public health guidance at that time.

It is important for all of us to recognize that with a growing percentage of cases being the more transmissible Delta variant, along with the fact that one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may only provide reduced protection, we need to continue to take all measures necessary to ensure the safety of students, families and staff.

Vaccinating eligible youth ages 12+ will reduce community spread of the virus and provide greater opportunities to resume in more regular activities.I have included below information related to the vaccination program for students 12 years of age and older.


Norah Marsh
Director of Education