So you’re graduating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and things are looking different than they have in previous years. Even so, there are ways to celebrate with your friends, family, and your support system in a safe and fun way.
We know that it’s hard to not have the usual, big celebrations this year. You’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point: exams, presentations, extracurricular athletics, volunteering and group projects (ugh!). On top of that there were hours spent studying, part-time job(s), personal responsibilities and planning for the future. The pressure and stress you felt to get to this point. From all of us at Foundry to your teachers and your community still want to recognize you for your achievements, regardless how big or small they may feel.
This past year and a half has required you to be flexible, resilient, and mature. We are so proud of how well you’ve handled this situation, and everything that you’ve been able to accomplish even with the restrictions in place. Your bravery, leadership, and courage to continue is a source of pride and hope during these difficult times.
You deserve a celebration and there are lots of ways to do that with BC’s Restart plan. You can get together with your friends and family outside, get a group of friends together to take pictures in your fanciest outfits (or in a cap and gown!) or even take time to visit all your favorite study spots one last time!
If you’re gathering with folks outside of your bubble, remember to follow all of BC’s current restrictions, which includes wearing a mask and staying six feet apart in indoor public places. Remember that if you don’t feel comfortable gathering outdoors without social distance or a mask on, that’s totally up to you. It can be hard to see social media photos of others getting together, but if you’re not ready for that yet, take things at your own pace. There are other ways to celebrate your accomplishments within your core “bubble” or while still practicing physical -distancing.
You can cherish your accomplishments by decorating a frame, a yard sign, a grad cap or anything else you feel represents you and your passions. You could even create a collage with photos of all your best memories from these past years. Treat yourself to your favourite hobby, movie, ice cream or a special meal. You could also gather with your bubble, dress up and take fun photos! Whatever you choose to do, know that we are here, celebrating all that you are and all that you will become.
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