13 École Héritage students celebrate graduation

The traditional throwing cap on the grounds of École Héritage by graduatign students.

Tom Henihan
South Peace News

The École Héritage Graduation Day ceremonies began with taking formal group photographs of the 13 graduates in the school parking lot, while their individual photographs and names were posted in the school windows above.

The social distancing restrictions, imposed due to COVID-19, prohibited École Héritage from following their customary Graduation Day format, but it certainly did not diminish the fanfare and celebration.

To observe the COVID-19 protocols, those involved in organizing the celebration were creative in replacing portions of the event with something different, without compromising the sense of occasion.

At approximately 1 p.m., the graduates visited Villa Beausejour parading for the residents who were sitting outside and walked around the building twice to ensure that all residents had an opportunity to see the students in their formal attire.

The indoor event at St. Anne’s Catholic Church was for graduates and parents only. The priest being unavoidably delayed caused a slight change in schedule with the certificate presentations, taking place at St. Anne’s prior to priest’s arrival.

At the certificate ceremony, each graduate, wearing their cap and gown, received a Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest school board graduation certificate, presented by École Héritage Principal, Nicole Walisser.

The reading of student biographies in the school gymnasium was for the graduates and the school principal only, but the event could be seen live on Facebook.

The celebrations concluded with the graduates driving through Falher in a parade in festively decorated golf cars with Nicole Walisser in a red convertible. The parade, led by Smoky River Fire Department, also included the RCMP.

Following the celebrations, graduates received a video montage of speeches delivered at the ceremony, which included CSNO Supt. Brigitte Kropielnicki and CSNO board chair, Sylvianne Maisonneuve.

“Being able to spend the last day of a school year, marked by great challenges, with the graduates was truly a blessing,” says Nicole Walisser.

“Our school community gathered to celebrate a wonderful, brilliant, and caring group of graduates. It was a very emotional – I miss them already!” she adds.

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