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Rocky View Schools shifts to virtual only graduations

ROCKY VIEW SCHOOLS— Rocky View Schools superintendent Greg Luterbach announced Thursday (May 13) that the school division will be moving forward with virtual only graduations for the Class of 2021.
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Cochrane High School students celebrate their graduation at RockPointe Church on Saturday (June 20). (Chelsea Kemp/The Cochrane Eagle)

ROCKY VIEW SCHOOLS— Rocky View Schools superintendent Greg Luterbach announced Thursday (May 13) that the school division will be moving forward with virtual only graduations for the Class of 2021.

A statement released by Rocky View Schools said the division has waited as long as possible in the hopes small in-person gatherings could be held, but this is not possible given the current COVID-19 public health measures.

"Given the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, even small in-person celebrations are not possible. As such, schools will have to celebrate our graduates with virtual and online celebrations along with various keepsakes," says the statement. "The Class of 2021 has endured it all: change, isolations, health concerns, online classes, and so much more. This is not the graduation our students have worked for, planned, and dreamed of. We know they deserve so much more. Family members will not have the opportunity to celebrate their child’s accomplishments in the typical manner either."

Schools are working on a variety of possibilities for virtual graduation ceremonies and additional information is expected soon.