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Fort McMurray Public Schools excited for in-person grad ceremonies

Last Updated Jun 7, 2022 at 11:38 am MST

Image supplied by the Fort McMurray Public School Division/FMPSD.

In-person graduation ceremonies for the Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) get underway this month.

An estimated 325 students cross the aisle this month.

Already, Fort McMurray Composite High School celebrated the Class of 2022 on May 28, and École McTavish Public High School marked graduation with a ceremony at Shell Place on June 4.

Composite High School Principal Dan Tulk said he was delighted with the ceremony.

“This year was so special as we could finally be in-person again with family and friends after a long two years. It was fantastic to have parents, guardians, friends, and staff all together to celebrate the success of our students.”

These are the first such graduation ceremonies across Fort McMurray since before the pandemic.

Students, families, and teachers got inventive with virtual and socially distanced ceremonies.

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“We were so happy to be able to host a ‘normal’ graduation celebration for our Class of 2022.” Said Principal Thomas Andrews with École McTavish Public High School. “We are proud of the resilience, perseverance and hard work that they have shown to get to where they are.”

Frank Spragins and Westwood Community high schools will honour their graduating students on June 29, 2022, at Keyano College and Shell Place.

James Hayward, Principal of Frank Spragins, said he’s thrilled they can provide a traditional graduation ceremony this year.

“This class of students has had the once-in-a-century experience of going through the majority of their high school years in a global pandemic, as well as all of the challenges, barriers, and complications that came along with that.”

Hayward called the Class of 2022 hard-working, resilient, and a caring group, and he and his staff are proud of them.

Tifanie Book, Principal of Westwood High, is also looking forward to their ceremony on June 29.

“Celebrating graduation is one of the best times of the school year, as it acknowledges the years of work, obstacles overcome, and the effort it takes to achieve a high school diploma.”

Annalee Nutter, FMPSD Superintendent congratulated all graduates from the Class of 2022.

“As noted by our principals, it is indeed extra special to come together in-person to celebrate your success, and this milestone achievement. Go on to a successful new chapter of your life. We know you’ll be outstanding!”

As of publication, the FMPSD enrolls at least 6700 students in 16 schools.

Fort McMurray’s Catholic Schools also celebrated its Class of 2022 with in-person graduation ceremonies.