Ceremonies for graduating students who adapt to the pandemic

Des cérémonies pour finissants qui s’adaptent à la pandémie

The pupils of fifth secondary had to resign themselves : the traditional prom will not take place this year, since the COVID-19 came to play spoilsport. The schools, however, have been allowed to organize various activities of the end of the year, in respect of sanitary measures. The four corners of Québec, schools are competing in creativity to allow their graduates to celebrate differently this rite of passage, dear to the eyes of many. Here is an overview of some of these initiatives.

Red carpet, guard of honour and launch of the mortar

Several secondary schools opt for a formula ” red carpet “, where the students will parade one at a time, dressed in their outfit for prom.

At the école secondaire Les Etchemins, to Lévis, the graduates will benefit to pick up their album and participate in a photo opportunity, while in College Companions, in Quebec city, the students will be cheered on their way by the teachers who will form a guard of honour for the occasion.

A similar formula was held at the Polyvalente La Samare in Plessisville (photo above). In a huge grassed area located near the school, the 140 graduates will be able even to perform the traditional throwing of the mortar, at two meters of distance of course.

A choir on board a bus

The école John-F.-Kennedy, Beaconsfield, welcomes the majority of students with autism with intellectual disability, until the age of 21 years.

Six of them will finish this year their passage in the specialized school, but the traditional tribute ceremony may not take place as expected.

“Usually, it really is a landmark event, especially for the parents because it is often the only recognition event that their child is going to live. It marks a major step in their lives, many of them are here since preschool, ” explains the director, Christine Villiard.

The team had to resolve to do things differently this year. A yellow bus decorated with its board to a dozen members of staff will visit the home of each of the students to make their this last tribute, forming a choir for the occasion.

In the program : speech, awards plaque and a gift and a good dose of emotions.

Parades and processions of cars

Processions of cars in which will take place the graduates with their families are organized in many schools.

This will be the case for graduates of the school Pamphile-Lemay in Sainte-Croix-de-Lotbinière, and those of the secondary school Sainte-Anne, Daveluyville, where a fire truck will open the parade.

A DJ will also be present in this municipality to set the mood throughout the course.

The public is invited to greet the 18 graduating students on their passage, before the holding of a ceremony which will follow the outside.

In Boucherville, the 450 graduates will parade in the streets of the city, dressed in their finest clothes.

Citizens are invited to acknowledge by forming a guard of honour for the occasion, at two meters of distance of course.

Formula drive-ins to honor

In order to ensure respect for the rule of two feet, several schools have opted for a formula that recalls the one of the drive-ins.

In the multi-purpose Bays, Baie-Comeau, the team has put the package : a huge screen inflatable has been rented, which will allow this project to the vicinity of the school, in the beginning of the week, videos performed by the graduating students.

An FM transmitter will synchronize its projections from the cars.

Wednesday, the screening of a feature film from quebec will also be provided to all the students and the population in general.

“All of the students have had a year-end hare-brained “, emphasizes the teacher Nicolas Bouchard.

A school with multiple faces

At the école secondaire Fernand-Lefebvre, Sorel-Tracy, of giant portraits of each of the 290 graduating students were displayed in the windows of the establishment at the end of may, to celebrate their accomplishment.

The pictures are illuminated from the inside in the evening for the showcase.

The idea germinated in the mind of a teacher before Quebec does not allow for the beginning of June back-to-school night, the time of an activity.

“We said that we could not let them go like that, we wanted to give them a nod to acknowledge their efforts,” explains the director, Nathalie Massicotte.

A street is closed off for the time of a ceremony

Collège Saint-Bernard in Drummondville, it has attempted to re-create a ceremony, “the closer”, the one that usually takes place, despite the health concerns, ” explains the coordinator of the event, Dominic Boisclair.

Rather than proceed to the interior of the Basilica of Saint-Frédéric, the ceremony will take place this time in front of the impressive church, in the street which will be closed for the occasion.

Graduates will be grouped by “city block distance” with their families, and the ceremony will take place four times rather than one, to allow the 180 graduates taking part in four separate groups.

An external projection inspired by the image Mill

Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier, Quebec, graduating students and their families are invited to attend a vast projection abroad, accompanied by animation live.

A video to reminisce about their transition to college will be projected on a screen 60-feet installed on the rear façade of the institution, the students and their parents will be able to watch from their car.

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