Ballenas Secondary 2020 graduates get to walk the red carpet after being honoured on stage during the modified commencement ceremonies held at the school. (Michael Briones photo)

Ballenas Secondary 2020 grads stage modified ceremony in Parksville

Event held outdoors with students driven up to stage

Ballenas Secondary held a modified commencement ceremony for its 2020 graduates in front of the school on Thursday in Parksville.

The ceremony was vastly differently from past ceremonies, as COVID-19 safety protocols had to be applied to keep everyone safe.

It was held outdoors, with each graduate driven up to the outdoor stage by parents. Principal Rudy Terpstra greeted each one upon arrival and handed diplomas before they marched onto the podium.

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“Even though this isn’t a traditional ceremony this is still your moment grads,” emcee Trish Cathrine said in her welcome speech. “You are still crossing a stage, flipping that tassle which signifies the end of this chapter of your lives and the beginning of the next.”

Cathrine advised the students to take a moment to soak it all in, which the graduates did. They walked the stage, exited on the red carpet leading up to the entrance to school where their individual photos were taken.

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Some Ballenas Secondary 2020 graduates did the traditional tossing of the caps after the modified commencement ceremonies held outside of the school. (Michael Briones photo)

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