FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has provided guidelines for graduation ceremonies to the anglophone and francophone school districts.

“Graduation from high school is an important milestone in the lives of young New Brunswickers and it deserves to be celebrated,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While the pandemic prevents students from participating in many traditions and activities, the graduation guidelines will help districts plan alternative celebrations and ensure our grads receive the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments.”

The guidelines outline parameters for physical distancing and provide schools with suggested, but not mandatory, options for ceremonies. They were developed in collaboration with the seven school districts, based on advice from Public Health.

“I encourage schools to be creative in their planning and look at this as an opportunity to try new ways of celebrating,” said Cardy.

Schools will be responsible for developing their individual graduation ceremony plans and submitting them to their respective districts for approval. Ceremonies are anticipated to take place between June 15 and 19. The final day for home learning options will be June 12.

“I congratulate the graduating class of 2020 for their hard work over the course of their academic career, but also for their resiliency and compassion throughout this pandemic,” said Cardy. “I hope they continue to grow and pursue learning throughout their lives as they lead us into the future.”