SD23 Dashboard
Central Programs & Services
"Students Do Well If They Can"
Grad Program

May 08, 2020

Hello Graduates and Families,

We want to congratulate you on your accomplishments as you complete your last weeks of course work and transition to graduation as a part of the Central Programs and Services class of 2020. The administration team, our Central teachers and staff, and all of our community partners are incredibly proud of the hard work and resiliency you have demonstrated over your time with us. Your work and this achievement is recognized and will not be overshadowed by the current challenging time that we are navigating.

As a staff we have been thinking about our graduating class over the past several weeks. We hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones well and managing as best you can. This situation is unprecedented and as a result we are needing to make changes to our usual graduation traditions. We want to assure you, that our staff are working hard to plan a unique celebration that both acknowledges the accomplishment of our graduates and keeps everyone safe and healthy. We have a graduation committee made up of teachers, staff, administrators, students, and parents working hard on a plan.

At this point we are ready to update you with a brief description of what we anticipate things will look like. Our school, like all others across School District #23 will be following the parameters and recommendations laid out by the BC Ministry of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry. This includes, not holding large gatherings. Our anticipated celebration is made up of two components, each is described briefly below.

1) Crossing the stage

It was very apparent in our initial planning meetings, that the crossing of the stage, moving the tassel and being celebrated and acknowledged is a valued part of transitioning from student to graduate. We will be continuing this tradition this year. Graduates will be spaced out over a 3 day period to come to Central Programs to cross the stage and be recognized for their accomplishments. Graduates will receive an assigned date, time, and details for this event closer to the date. Graduates will be provided everything they need on this date including a cap and gown to keep. To ensure that we comply with the Provincial Health Order regarding large gatherings, graduates will be allowed to bring a maximum of 3 guests to campus with them to watch this personal milestone. This milestone will also be filmed and included in the digital celebration described below. The dates and times reserved for this event are June 16, 17, 18, 2020 from approximately 3:00PM – 7:00PM.

2) Digital Celebration

Historically the Central Programs and Services Graduation Ceremony includes a number of valued components, all focused on celebrating our graduates. These include speeches from our Principal, the Superintendent, a School Board Trustee, guest speakers, and our Valedictorian as well as musical performers. We will be filming all of these components along with every graduate's stage walk and a professional videographer will be assembling a special video that will be shared with every graduate. Our hope as the Central Programs team, is that students and their loved ones will view this special video in their homes and hold personal celebrations acknowledging this huge accomplishment. This digital component will be available 2-3 weeks after the walking of the stage.

Any questions can be directed to our graduation coordinators Kelly McRae ( and Ramona Sousa ( Again, congratulations to the class of 2020. Central Programs and Services staff look forward to celebrating you this spring. Please continue to work hard, connect with your teachers, and finish this final year strong.


Central Programs and Services

Administrators, Teachers, and Staff

Click on the link below for information regarding Graduation in British Columbia

Click here for Graduation Information