Letter to Graduates - May 2, 2020

posted May 3, 2020, 11:44 AM by Brent Hopkins   [ updated May 3, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

May 2nd, 2020.


Dear Graduating Students, 

Yesterday you received a letter from the Director of the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), Denise Andre.  Included in her message was an update regarding graduation ceremonies.  Specifically, that the plan will be to host your graduation ceremony in the fall - most likely on or just before the Thanksgiving weekend in October.  Like many venues, our graduation site (Sensplex) is closed until at least July and gathering sizes are likely to be restricted for some time even after it opens.  We hope that a fall commencement will allow for the full graduation ceremony we know you deserve.  

All graduation awards will be determined prior to the end of this year.  Award recipients will be announced in late June.  We will also recognize recipients in the fall as part of the graduation ceremony.  You will have the opportunity to select a Valedictorian prior to the end of school year.  

While we will be moving forward with a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 in the fall, the decision has been made that school proms will not be rescheduled.  This applies to all Ottawa Catholic schools.  We know that this is disappointing news.   It is an event that graduates very much look forward to, and one that our school community takes pride in hosting.    

We have made the decision to refund graduation fees ($100) to students and their families.  This will take time to process due to the  level of refund activity underway across the school board.  

As grade 12 students the impact of the school closure has been particularly challenging and the unexpected effects of COVID-19 have impacted you on several levels.  We are inspired by the perseverance and determination that you’ve demonstrated over these last six weeks.  We continue to be proud of your leadership, resolve and dedication.  The class of 2020 has made a lasting impression on Sacred Heart.  It will be an honour to celebrate your success next fall. 


Brent Hopkins