COVID-19 means different graduations for Cowichan students in 2020

Graduates from the 2020 class at Lake Cowichan School partake in the traditional hat toss, though, like many things, it had to be adapted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic by physical distancing. (Photo courtesy of SD79)Graduates from the 2020 class at Lake Cowichan School partake in the traditional hat toss, though, like many things, it had to be adapted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic by physical distancing. (Photo courtesy of SD79)
Cowichan Secondary students receive recognition in cap and gown during brief, small ceremonies in the school gym during modified graduation events due to COVID-19. (Kathryn Swan photo)Cowichan Secondary students receive recognition in cap and gown during brief, small ceremonies in the school gym during modified graduation events due to COVID-19. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)Cowichan Secondary graduates celebrate a modified graduation, where small groups were allowed to dress in their finery and walk a red carpet at the Cowichan Exhibition for family and friends. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Students from around the Cowichan Valley celebrated graduation at a number of modified ceremonies at the end of June.

At Lake Cowichan students did the traditional hat toss, but physically distanced, before taking part in a modified ceremony with limited family and friends at the school.

Cowichan Secondary students had school officials drive to their homes with diplomas, but also had the opportunity to walk a red carpet in small groups at the Cowichan Exhibition grounds in the graduation finery, as well as having a small ceremony in small groups in the school gym.

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