The Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) and Fort McMurray Catholic Schools have decided to postpone their high school graduation ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FMPSD has an estimated 308 graduates from this school year.
Fort McMurray Composite High School’s graduation ceremony was going to be later this month. École McTavish High School was also planning to celebrate it’s first class graduating class.
“Graduation is one of the most important days in a student and their family’s life, we haven’t made this heartbreaking decision lightly. Until we can safely have our students, parents and staff celebrate together, it is best to postpone. Congratulations to all our graduates, and we know the next chapter of your life will be a remarkable one,” noted Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD.
There would have been 204 graduating students from Holy Trinity Catholic High School and 230 graduates of Father Mercredi High School.
“We are saddened to have to postpone this important and special milestone in our childrens’ lives. COVID-19 has impacted us all and we must follow the directives of our Chief Medical Officer. An alternative date will be scheduled once it is deemed safe to do so. Please know, we are extremely proud of your accomplishments and thank you and your parents for the honour to be a part of your lives. Fort McMurray Catholic Schools loves all of you,” said Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent George McGuigan.