‘Take heart,’ says Henry in message to grads of 2020

Not many students have experienced – or will experience – what it is to graduate during a global pandemic, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry Saturday.

She said that students graduating this year will always be unique among other graduating classes.

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“It’s been over a hundred years since we’ve had an event like this pandemic. Few of us have ever known or will ever experience graduating during the circumstances of a global pandemic,” she said.

Henry took a moment during her daily update on B.C.’s COVID-19 epidemic to speak directly to, and congratulate, graduating Grade 12 students.

Henry also acknowledged how the usual ceremonies aren’t taking place this year.  

“The traditional ceremonies and celebrations that we would expect to have as we make this major transition from high school to the rest of our lives are on hold right now, and we won’t be doing them in the same way this summer,” she said.

“But take heart: we are thinking about that, and teachers, administrators and parents are still working to make this an incredibly memorable experience for all of you.”

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