Catholic grads in Simcoe-Muskoka to receive keepsake lawn signs until more meaningful celebration can be held

3,500 students to receive the signs June 5

It’s not a graduation ceremony.

There will be no pomp and circumstance.

But it’s something… for now.

Staff with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) will be busy today (June 5) distributing keepsake lawns signs to 3,500 graduating Grade 8 and 12 students at 50 schools.

“Obviously no one was expecting their final year of elementary school or high school to end like this. There were no goodbyes to favourite friends and teachers, no proms, and no cap and gown moments with family and friends. But it is still important to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work and the accomplishments of these graduates,” said Director of Education Brian Beal. “We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments in a more meaningful way in the fall, but hope this gesture shows them we are thinking about them and they are special.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board postponed graduation cermonies for all Grade 8 and 12 students until physical distancing rules are more relaxed and the size of gatherings is increased.