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Holy Trinity Academy graduates grateful for ‘surreal’ ceremony

The Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks held its graduation ceremony on Friday, June 25.

Working under the province’s COVID restrictions, teachers were able to host an event that looked a lot like typical ceremonies from previous years, albeit all in the halls of the school.

The school’s central atrium housed a small stage and podium, with unrolled rugs to guide graduates on and off the stage.

A camera crew has been set up in the library to oversee the live broadcast which students can watch in classrooms and for those watching at home.

After the speeches of the school’s promotion major and saler, the class cohorts marched into the atrium where the graduates walked across the stage one by one to receive their diplomas from Principal Carmen Ostafichuk.

Tahlia Danard, one of the graduates from HTA, was happy to have had the chance to cross the stage, especially after last year’s graduate was suffocated by restrictions.

“I’m glad we were able to be here in person and no longer do online schooling. It’s a bit of a relief to be done with this and hopefully go to college. , we can do more things in person and have a little more normalcy. “

Her classmate, Cassie Perreault, saw a certain irony in the event that took place just a week before the province moved to Stage 3.

“It’s a little bittersweet to know that as soon as we graduate they open everything and if they opened a little earlier we could have had a more normal graduation, but the fact that we can do the things that we have today, it’s really amazing that the school put so much effort into making things as normal as possible for the students. ”

For Perreault, it was almost strange to attend such an event after the year.

“It all seems a bit surreal and it’s always like ‘is this going to happen? Is it not going to happen?’ Even standing here an hour after the moment I’m going to take the stage, I’m still waiting for them to say “oh, pack your bags and come home,” because it’s been so unpredictable for so long. “

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