SaultOnline was contacted over the weekend by a graduating student’s mother, Holli Wierzbicki Devoe, at Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School. She recently launched an online petition aimed at providing students with “a more appropriate and heartfelt graduation ceremony.
With the current pandemic forcing a number of schools to look at less traditional options to help students celebrate their well deserved milestone, many have chosen to explore virtual graduations.
“This is a petition for the 2020 Graduating class of Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School. I am starting this petition in regards to the “Virtual Graduation” Superior Heights plans on hosting for the 2020 Graduating Students. Schools really need to think outside the box on this. These students have worked hard to achieve their diploma and deserve more than a virtual graduation. We understand these times call for a non traditional graduation but I believe this idea of going virtual is a cop-out. This can still be done with social distancing if we put our minds to it and come up with a better idea. How about the football field at Superior Heights? Outdoor, social distancing and just enough to walk up and receive that diploma and the recognition each and every one of these kids deserve! Please hear me and so many more when we say do something better for 2020 graduating class of Superior Heights!”, states Holli on her change.org petition page.
Her target for the online petition is 200 signatures, already garnishing 139 as of this morning. In addition, the petition is attracting a number of creative alternatives and suggestions for area high schools.
“The kids should have their graduation. Why not in a open football field chairs spaced apart limit people as far as decorations go line up friends, students, parents nice cars as in sports car, classics, big trucks and bikes with lights on just put paper over the lights for different colors. I’m sure there is way different ways of doing it but they should have it . Have people make nice masks for the dance part.”, stated Wayne Maki.
“My niece, her friends and peers have worked hard to get to where they are. They deserve a real graduation with social distancing and safety measures in place. The school board can do that and should do that! If people can gather to shop safely at grocery stores, hardware stores, take-out, eat on patios and protest… then the students can gather safely to have a graduation. To celebrate the last part of their adolescence before heading off to adulthood is the right thing to do. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I believe the graduates would be just as happy to see each others faces, be called to get their diploma (even if they have to pick it up off a podium or table), and receive the closure they deserve to have! Other schools are doing it within Ontario and the country. Sault Ste. Marie (with very low cases) can do it as well!”, commented Robin Wierzbicki.