Brock High commencement ceremony postponed until the fall

Brock High School’s commencement ceremony has been postponed until the fall in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While no date has been set, Principal James Klodnicki sent an email to families with the update late last week.

“As you are aware, we are being guided and directed in our actions through the ongoing advice and recommendations of our public health officials, the school board, and the province,” it reads.

“We understand the importance of graduation as a milestone in the lives of our young people and their families, and we truly enjoy and value the opportunity to recognize, honour and celebrate each student’s achievements.”

As part of this recognition, the email notes that the Durham District School Board has sponsored a congratulatory banner which will be installed outside the school in the coming days.

“We are also providing recognition to each of our Graduates through gifting them a ‘Grad Bag’ when they come to Brock next week to retrieve their belongings.

“The ‘Grad Bag’ contains several items which are consistent to all students across all secondary schools in the DDSB, as well as a few uniquely-Brock mementos which we hope will serve to remind students of their own unique final semester as a member of Brock High School.”

The email notes that the health and safety of all participants is paramount.

“We will continue to explore alternative options should fall graduation ceremonies be cancelled, with said options (of course) being dependent on the advice and direction of public health officials, the school board, and the province,” it reads.

“We appreciate and thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to prioritize the safety of our school community.”

While Brock High School’s commencement was traditionally held in the fall, the ceremony was moved to the summer more than a decade ago.

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