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Vancouver students petition for outdoor, physically distant graduation ceremony

Last Updated May 28, 2020 at 11:53 am PDT

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Summary

Students at John Oliver secondary have started a petition calling for a physically distant ceremony

The petition had more than 280 signatures as of Thursday morning

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has maintained her order banning gatherings with 50 or more people

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Grade 12 students at a Vancouver high school don’t want their last year to end without a proper graduation ceremony.

So those at John Oliver secondary have started a petition calling for a physically distant ceremony.

The petition argues if a ceremony is held outside and the number of people invited is limited, it’s possible to keep two metres between everyone.

“The grads of 2020 have been deprived of their shining moment and have the right to feel proud of their accomplishments and success,” reads the online petition.

“The students and parents deserve to be able to have the day they have been looking forward to for the last 12 years. We can achieve this by having our graduation outside instead of a celebratory hall.”

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The petition had more than 280 signatures as of Thursday morning.

“We have seen successful ceremonies done by this method in many parts of the world and we believe with your support we can all come together as a community to achieve our goal,” it adds.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has maintained her order banning gatherings with 50 or more people.

The province is planning a virtual graduation ceremony for all B.C. students at the end of June.