McBride grads have “non-traditional” COVID-19 compliant ceremony

Upon arrival at the high school McBride’s grads took the traditional, but vastly untraditional class photo. Carefully spaced and taken outside, the class photo will stand out among the other grad photos, as one with a unique story and place in history. /ANDREA ARNOLD

The McBride Secondary School Class of 2020 graduation celebration was a scaled down version of what is normally expected, with some not so little twists. On Saturday June 20, 2020 The class began the afternoon festivities at 3:30pm by riding in a float, escorted by the RCMP, around town and then down Main Street as friends and family cheered them on from the sidewalks. They even drove through the hospital parking lot and were greeted by some of the patients, and several well wishing posters on display. The young adults were all smiles as they danced, waved and threw candy.  /ANDREA ARNOLD

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For the ceremony and awards portion of the night, the grads sat on stools, again carefully spaced, and the event proceeded with a warm and intimate feeling as video messages from special guests were played and live messages to parents, staff and students brought forth happy emotions. The program was streamed live allowing guests to participate from afar. The graduation dinner, ceremony and awards were held in the school. Graduating students invited two guests each, and a few school staff members were on hand to serve the food and keep the evening rolling. Table spacing was compliant to COVID regulations.

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The time honoured tradition of the parent dance was able to proceed to close out the night. Madiline and her father Stewart Philpott enjoy a moment watching the other pairs dancing around the gym. ./ANDREA ARNOLD

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