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Graduation Event 2021 Information

The following letter from Ms. Victoria Lee, Principal, was emailed to all parents and students regarding Graduation Event 2021 information.

Dear Graduates and Families:

I would like to provide you with some more detailed information about the Graduation Events planned for this extraordinary year. As mentioned in my last letter, due to the Covid 19 Safety Guidelines imposed by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education, in-person School Leaving Ceremonies and Dinner and Dance celebrations will not occur in Burnaby. Instead, we have organized two events:

Virtual School Leaving Ceremony

This event will replace the in-person event that historically has been held at Copeland Arena.  This year, we will instead be creating a Virtual School Leaving Ceremony.  This ceremony will include speeches by our District Trustee and our Superintendent of Schools, the Principal and the class Valedictorian. It will also include a picture and profile of each of our graduates. A link for this ceremony will be available on our website on June 21st. There is no fee for this event.

Photo Opportunity

A photo opportunity will take place in MJ Fox on June 28th and 29th.  Students will be invited to bring two family members/friends with them for a brief opportunity to take photos of them walking across the stage of MJ Fox in their cap and gowns and holding their diplomas. We will also have a professional photographer taking a photo of each graduate. I will be on the stage to welcome the students and take photos with them. Those students who participate in this event must pay a fee of $45 that includes a cap and gown, a grad. composite photo, an individual professional photo and a commemorative holder for their diploma. Event sign-up information will be sent out, for those who have registered to attend, in early June for the Photo Opportunity.

 Did you miss the deadline to order your cap and gown?

We have a limited number of extra gowns for those grads who missed the deadline.  These will be designated on a first come, first served basis for as long as our supply lasts. Please contact our main office right away if you would like to add your grad to this list.

Victoria Lee
Principal, Burnaby South Secondary School