In-person graduation traditions returned to the delight of Grade 12s and their families, who were able to come together and celebrate the collective achievements of the Class of 2022.
Stunning graduation ceremonies were held by all eight high schools outdoors at Simon Fraser University. Students walked the steppingstones that span a large pond in the picturesque setting before taking their seats. One by one, each graduate crossed the red carpet to accept their diploma from their principal.
In her address to graduates, Board Chair Jen Mezei spoke about the impact of the pandemic:
While it may not seem like it now, graduating during a pandemic is also one of your accomplishments. The grit, resilience, and adaptability you have shown will serve you long after the pandemic. Many of you have faced adversity and challenges. Take pride in how far you have come with courage, perseverance, and inner strength – along with the support of your family, friends, teachers, and mentors. Never underestimate what you can do with a supportive community.”
Students enjoyed gathering at commencement ceremonies, grad dinners, and other celebrations in the buildup to their final days of public school.
An additional and meaningful event with special ceremony was held to honour Indigenous graduates and their families. The annual Honouring Our Youth evening took place at Burnaby Central Secondary.
The words of wisdom from each valedictorian in the District were featured in local media outlet the Burnaby Now, with photos and speech excerpts. Read it here (pages 19-22).
Posted June 2022