Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) honoured its class of 2020 on Tuesday, June 23. There are 66 Grade 12 graduates at VCI this year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional graduation ceremony could not be held. The graduates will officially receive their Ontario Secondary School diplomas at the 2021 ceremony. On June 23, graduates attended a drive-through celebration where they made their way along the school’s driveway, which was decorated with balloons, plants, and a bubble machine.
Teachers waved and cheered on the passing vehicles, which then stopped, and each student was greeted by VCI Principal Trevor Wheeler who presented them with a VCI graduate yard sign and gift. Wheeler took a moment with each student to congratulate them and say that he and the staff are proud of their achievements.
The VCI graduation celebration strictly followed recommendations from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and COVID-19 policies of the Upper Canada District School Board.
Watch a short video of the VCI drive-through celebration