How social distancing robbed students from their milestones
In Quebec, high schools, colleges and universities will not reopen until September. With most university semester coming to an end, and most post-secondary programs soon to follow, many students have seen their graduation and end of studies festivities cancelled or postponed.
Many students have showed their understandable disappointment on social media. Their academic milestone was supposed to be caped by graduation festivities to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Their last weeks of school, their commencement speeches and their graduation ceremony were all taken away within weeks of the end of their studies.
While the graduation experience might not be the same, it doesn’t mean that graduating students can’t be celebrated. Whether you decide to host a virtual gradation or a virtual dinner celebration with your friends, this accomplishment and it’s importance can still be celebrated and students congratulated.
In an effort to connect and celebrate students around the world Facebook and Instagram have announced that they will be hosting a virtual graduation ceremony for the class of 2020, on May 15th with special guests Oprah and Miley Cyrus. Tik Tok has also been hosting “prom nights” since April 21st.
While the experience will undoubtedly be different than the one you expected and hoped for, this period still represents the end of a period and the beginning of a new chapter and deserves to be celebrated.
*If you are a graduating student, we would love to hear from you and how you’re coping with these times.