CBC Class of 2020

This is not your classic grad year. This is not your classic grad speech.

Class of 2020, here's your message to each other:

The CBC Creator Network asked for your messages and here they are.

Shoutouts from the Class of 2020, to the Class of 2020.

Élise Quail

Aurora Ontario

We're more resilient and more driven than ever, and we're ready to make lasting change in our communities … And I'm so excited to see what we'll accomplish.

My Future Plans...

In the fall, I’m going to be attending Queen’s University for Engineering. I know it sounds corny, but in 10 years, I hope to be helping others and doing what I love!

Reeana Tazreean

Calgary Alberta

This may feel like the end but think about how many endings you've faced in your life. And in each of the endings you've faced, given some time for adjustment, I'm sure we can all agree you were presented with something sweeter than what you left behind.

My Future Plans...

After highschool, I’ll be attending the University of Calgary and completing a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation. In 10 years, I hope to be a successful physician with a beautiful family!

Benjamin Pope

Baie Verte Newfoundland and Labrador

Congratulations to my friends who are graduating here at home and across the country.

My Future Plans...

Currently, I’m working to save for flight training in Gander this September. Ten years from now, I hope to be a commercial pilot working for Air Canada.

Jasmine McLaughlin

Brantford Ontario

I just wanted to say a little thank you to everyone that I went to school with, you made my four well, more like three and a half years in high school, good years. So thank you. Definitely keep in touch. Bye!

Reppin' Brantford
My Future Plans...

I will be attending Sheridan College in the fall. I am enrolled in their Bachelor of Film and Television program. In 10 years I hope to work for a film editing company in Vancouver!

Miranda Maher

Kamloops British Columbia

I hope that we never go back to normal because normal wasn't working.

Dressed for prom
Cap n' gown
Next stop: Edmonton!

Julia Beggs

Barry's Bay Ontario

Remember, if we can get through graduating through a global pandemic, we can get through anything. Congratulations grads and here's to the future.

My Future Plans...

After high school I am attending Trent University in Peterborough in hopes to get my Bachelor in Social Work. I have always wanted to be able to help people, so I feel like this profession would be the perfect fit for me. Ten years from now, I would love to be working with at-risk youth and hopefully making a difference in their lives.

Madawaska Valley District High School
Showing some Library love
Barry's Bay

Jade Hipditch

Coquitlam British Columbia

Look how far you've come. The journey from kindergarten all the way up until this very moment. It's remarkable. And now we are embarking on a new adventure, it just looks a little different than how we imagined it. We are the future. And we will make this world a better place.

A field of flowers, Coquitlam BC
My Future Plans...

After high school I will be attending university. In ten years I hope to be making a difference in the world. I don’t really know how yet, but I will.

Michael Salib

Mississauga Ontario

Just when we thought that the learning was over, school was done, the learning began. And I'm not talking about online courses, I'm talking about everything that we've learned during this experience. This pandemic has taught us resilience, it has taught us strength, it has taught us how to react in the face of adversity.

My Future Plans...

I plan on going to the University of Waterloo to study architecture…. In 10 years, I have really no clue what my life is going to look like, but what I want to do is be able to merge my love for architecture and also social entrepreneurship and public speaking.

Amanda Lisi

Montreal Québec

In the future, we're going to have one heck of a story to tell with everything that happened in 2020.

My Future Plans...

For now, I’m spending time with friends and family, keeping up with classmates and enjoying the nice weather. In ten years, I hope to be working on whatever makes me happy, find my passion(s) and share it or them with others.

Oprah knows what you accomplished!

Rudy Bukich

St. Thomas Ontario

We all have the potential to be great. We just might not know it yet.

Encouragement from Baka & Dido

Amy Dykeman

Saint John New Brunswick

Honestly, had someone told me that our school year would have ended in March, on a Friday the 13th, I would have just laughed it off, but yet here we are. None of it feels real and I'm not sure if it ever will, but we made it.

My Future Plans...

After high school I will attend the University of New Brunswick to study science and education. Ten years from now, I hope to be back in my previous high school as a teacher.

Jenna Goldsack

London Ontario

I hope we are remembered for generosity, creativity, adaptability and resiliency, and for our ability to use these skills to go out and make a positive impact on our world.

My Future Plans...

I will be starting a concurrent education program at the University of Windsor in the fall. Due to the pandemic, all my classes are online and I won’t get the chance to live away from home YET. I am hopeful that I will get that opportunity as soon as it’s safe to do so. In 10 years, I hope that I will be a kindergarten teacher, part of a choir (I love to sing) and continuing to volunteer in my church and community.

Eli Quinn

St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador

Congratulations to all my fellow grads. We did it!

Shay-Lynn Westhaver

Sheet Harbour Nova Scotia

I wish you all the best in the future and hope you all continue to follow your dreams.

Encouragement from Mr. David
My Future Plans...

After high school I’ll be starting an Early Childhood Education course at NSCC in Springhill! In ten years I hope to be thriving at a job that I love while raising my kids in the town I grew up in.

Blaze Wuttunee

Cando Saskatchewan

Just don't give up. Keep going. You have lots of people who support you, love you. And knock the naysayers down. Just don't give up. Keep going with what you're doing, whatever you believe in, whatever your vision is, just don't give up.

Megan O'Donnell

Barrie Ontario

Look at us. History is happening, changes are being made, and we are in the centre of it all. We are the ones making a difference.

My Future Plans...

After high school, I’m going to the University of Toronto to study Classical Vocal Performance on a full tuition scholarship! In ten years from now, I hope to be performing in the ensemble studio of an opera company and beginning to set myself up for a career as an operatic performer.

Abby Sherry

Montague Prince Edward Island

Congrats to my fellow grads of P.E.I. We are all built for greatness.

Kind words from Kelly

Nelson Lee

Toronto Ontario

As we graduate here in 2020, there are lots of things that we need to solve, whether that's climate change, racial justice, or income inequality.

My Future Plans...

I will be attending the University of Toronto for TrackOne Engineering. Ten years from now, I hope to use my knowledge and skills to help those with fewer opportunities than me.

Congrats Class of 2020!

Kaylee Fillier

Roddickton-Bide Arm Newfoundland and Labrador

I want to thank my classmates, students and staff for always being there for me.

My Future Plans...

I plan on studying education or social work at Memorial University. In ten years I would love to be living back in Roddickton with my family and working.

Pierson Clifford

London Ontario

Some of us students were born during 9/11. And now we're graduating in the year of 2020 when COVID hit. I believe this generation alone, for us students, has been the strongest yet.

My Future Plans...

I will be attending Fanshawe College in September in the Developmental Service Worker program. I’m hoping to travel and possibly working abroad, and then ultimately work with kids in the school facilities.

Karl Arcadi

New Westminster British Columbia

I want to convey to my fellow Canadian graduates the grandeur of the milestone we have all achieved.

Tyler DeLargie

St. Thomas Ontario

You can sit here thinking, "Man, it really messed up my Grade 12 year," or you could say, "Hmm, I wonder what post-secondary is going to bring for me," or, "I wonder what job opportunities are going to pop up in my field." Just because we hit a rough patch, doesn't mean it's gonna be like that for the rest of our lives.

My Future Plans...

I’m hoping to attend Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, for radio broadcasting! In 10 years I’m hoping to maintain involvement in my community as an entertainer through my love of radio broadcasting, playing guitar and singing!

Matthew Pond

Durrell, Twillingate Newfoundland and Labrador

I just want to take a few moments here now to congratulate all the grads of 2020 throughout Newfoundland and all across Canada. When we started school back in September, I'm sure we didn't expect a worldwide pandemic to end our high school careers and graduation plans did we? I sure never.

Durrell, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
My Future Plans...

After high school, I’m doing courses at MUN, working on my Communication Studies degree! In 10 years, I’m hoping to pursue my dream of becoming a professional sports announcer!

Alex Musso

Woodbridge Ontario

This is certainly not the first challenge that any of us have encountered and I guess you can look at it as another hurdle along the way, along our journey.

My Future Plans...

Come September, I will be working toward my Bachelor of Education at York University. In ten years, I am eager to hear of all the success my peers have achieved. Further, I hope to have acquired a teaching position and be positively impacting the lives of my students.

Tuka Alarbi

Waterloo Region Ontario

Although we can't celebrate our graduation the way we want, this is our time and we need to live it to the fullest.

Maggie Gard

Alberton Prince Edward Island

My best advice for upcoming grads and future high school students is to be yourself. And it took me all three years of high school to learn that, but I'm so glad I did in my last year, because it led to me trying so many new things, and meeting so many new friends because of it, and making great connections with new people.

My Future Plans...

I plan to attend UPEI in the fall to someday be a nurse. In 10 years I hope to be across the world taking care of young children and those in need. I plan to live somewhere in Europe where I can begin starting a family of my own, or wherever life takes me!

Julianne Ross

North Bay Ontario

Let's go follow our dreams, and keep being us.

Michaella Vander Kooi

Amherst Nova Scotia

Our children are going to be reading about this in history books. We're living through actual history and we are strong, and resilient and amazing people and we're going to get through this and we're gonna just thrive, just wait and see.

Drawing of the human eye, Grade 10
My Future Plans...

After high school I plan on continuing to work at my family computer store, as well as maintaining my entertainment blog and blogging for other clients as well! In ten years I hope to be living in the countryside and enjoying life, writing books, and learning what it’s like to live mostly off grid!

Ashley VanDen Heuvel

Strathroy Ontario

I just wanted to send a big thank you out to all the teachers and all the EAs and all my friends and family that supported me throughout these four years of high school.

On horseback
Strathroy cows
My Future Plans...

After high school I am going to work in the horse industry as an assistant coach or show groom. In ten years I hope to be able to train my own horse on my own homey farm!

Tasfiyah Kabir

New Westminster British Columbia

With everything that's going on in the world right now, I find myself trying to catch all the broken pieces of the world and all the pain that I want to heal, only to realize that my hands are too small. But then I realized that my hands may be a lone pair, but me, I'm not alone. We started our journey in kindergarten, as individuals, but thanks to COVID, today we leave as COVID-duals. United and joined together stronger than ever and ready to take on the world.

My Future Plans...

I am deciding between attending UBC for their Bachelor of Science and Master of Management dual degree program or McGill for their Biomedical Sciences program. In 10 years, I hope to be working in the health sector, hopefully as a doctor, and continue to do what I love most: serve the community.

Emily Biggar-Heil

Brantford Ontario

Even though we can't change the fact that we have to be within six feet of our best friends at this time, there are still things that do need to be changed, that we can change.

My Future Plans...

In September, I’ll be attending Carleton University for French and African Studies. In ten years from now I hope to be making a difference for families through international adoption.

Sarah Lelea

Chilliwack British Columbia

I want to encourage you guys to not be naive about your choices, but to also not make excuses about your decisions. Listen to your gut and to what your conscience has to say about the decisions you want to make.

Esther Lammers

Burlington Ontario

This year has been tough, but we are so much stronger than this. Good luck in the future, and I can't wait to see where you guys all end up.

My Future Plans...

I am going to Mohawk College for their Educational Support program. In ten years, I hope to be happy and just loving life. I will be working as an educational assistant, helping kids learn. Maybe I will have my own family, too.

Amanda McConnachie

Trail British Columbia

I just want to remind everyone that this is still a celebration and you have so much to be proud of. Keep your heads up and here's to you class of 2020.

My Future Plans...

After high school I will be attending University of Calgary to study neuroscience. In 10 years I hope to have started my residency after finishing medical school.

Alyson Smith

Oshawa Ontario

It's so surreal for me to see the men and women that we've all evolved to become. I'm so very proud of you for getting to this point.

My Future Plans...

I will be going to Trent University for psychology after high school. In 10 years I hope to be a psychotherapist, helping young people who are struggling. I also hope that I can continue to work to change the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Madison Tucker

Stettler Alberta

I hope that through the disappointment and grief over the loss of memories, that students can still make light during this time and celebrate all of their accomplishments.

Anthony Palmieri

Niagara Falls Ontario

I know the past three months have been tough, but you've got your whole life ahead of you, where so many great things can happen and you can find your true vocation and achieve true happiness.

My Future Plans...

After high school I am going to Brock University for my undergraduate in general science. With this degree I will apply to pharmacy school to become a pharmacist. In 10 years I hope to be working in a pharmacy, own my own pharmacy, or be working as a pharmacist in a hospital.

Arman Moztarzadeh

Coquitlam British Columbia

We're in this together so let's stay strong and continue to work hard for the future.

Aryan Bajpai

Ottawa Ontario

We graduate into a world that is ours to build as young leaders, and what a world it shall be that we make.

My Future Plans...

After high school, I’ll be studying Global and International Studies at Ottawa’s Carleton University with a focus on global law and social justice, and a minor in political science. Ten years from now, I hope to be finishing law school and joining the UN to advance international human rights law and develop relations between Canada and the world.

Nathalie Alaves

Guelph Ontario

Take everything that you've learned and apply it to make a positive change in this world.

William Gaudreault

La Tuque Québec

We were always more than just classmates. We all shared a bond that, I hope, will last beyond graduation.

Katrina Leung

Edmonton Alberta

You have your cap and tassel, you have your friends and family, you have each other. And I think that's the most important part, is the people that have helped you get to this point of life.

My Future Plans...

I’m studying to become a teacher next year in uni! And I hope to be settled somewhere close to home teaching kids in 10 years.

Hashim Farooq

Brandon Manitoba

Graduates of the Class of 2020, we are the generation of change.

My Future Plans...

Next year I will be studying Computer Science with a minor in philosophy at Brandon University…. My end goal is to eventually run for Prime Minister of Canada, big dreams, I know.

Brianna Paul

Oromocto New Brunswick

If you work hard, it will pay off in the end.

Mackenzie Borges

Winnipeg Manitoba

We survived 13 years of exams, pulling all-nighters and, of course, handing in our assignment ten minutes before the deadline.

Eliza Naftel

London Ontario

A message to all my fellow grads out there, good luck next year. I guess this is probably what we're gonna be stuck with, working at home and stuff on the computer. We got a trial run, I guess.

Bella DeSouza-Cook

Calgary Alberta
My Future Plans...

Next year I’ll be pursuing a Bachelor of Music, and in 10 years I hope to be a high school band teacher!

A huge thank you to my friends, classmates and teachers at St. Francis High School, and to my parents for supporting me and believing in me.

Denea Penner

Regina Saskatchewan

This may not have been the grad we all hoped for, but it's most certainly one we won't forget. It's different, but we are resilient. We are all in this together.

My Future Plans...

Right now after high school, I am looking for a job… Ten years into the future, I hope to be someone who works with people. Hoping to put my knowledge forward into counseling.

Lauren Stoyles

Peterborough Ontario

We need to take a moment to remember all of the amazing things that brought us to where we are today.

Aaliyah Arab-Smith

Halifax, Africville and North Preston Nova Scotia

In a world where an access to an education was once forbidden and illegal for our people, we graduated. In a time when the effects of slavery still haunt the present and challenge our opportunities, we succeed. And for everyone, our journey does not stop now. We are moving on to the next chapter of our lives as we carry the future of the world between us. And whatever that next chapter beholds, together, supporting one another through unity, we can change, challenge and conquer anything. Look at us. We did it.

"Hear us, see us and respect us."
My Future Plans...

I will be attending Dalhousie University taking a bachelor of science in medical sciences and playing on the DALWBB team. In 10 years I hope to be a doctor and have completed med school. As well as be a Black role model and future leader that inspires others to achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles they face.

Savannah Bodnar

Lethbridge Alberta

But to all the kids graduating, next year, to the future years, definitely make sure you work very hard because high school isn't as simple as you think it is, and definitely make sure that you're always positive and that you never give up on yourself.

Grace Gong

Mississauga Ontario

It's time to change the system and it begins with us.

Lauren Cogan

Winnipeg Manitoba

Most of us for our entire lives have been facing a global pandemic even before this, whether it be climate change or racial injustices, we've been fighting. If you look at the people who are out on the streets fighting to end these things, it's our generation, it's the class of 2020.

Raeanna Favel

Sturgeon Lake Alberta

Never give up, and always push yourself to achieve more.

My Future Plans...

My plan right now is to focus on starting my own pet bandana business. In a years time I would like to go back to school. In 10 years I see myself with a successful business and with a loving family

Sasha Novosiltseff

New Westminster British Columbia

Congratulations to all my fellow Canadian graduates.

My Future Plans...

I will be attending Douglas College to continue my education and get my diploma in ECE, Early Childhood Education. In 10 years or earlier I hope to make an impact and influence in children’s life.

Jessie Meng

Woodbridge Ontario

I'd like to say thanks to my teachers and classmates, as an international student, when I first learned English, I was very afraid to talk to people because my English is very poor... But my worries are unnecessary because they are very friendly to me.

Class of 2020 Faculty

Sheila Peacock
Specials, New Program & Talent Development Producer British Columbia
Most Likely To...
... live a life full of surprises!
Stephanie Lepp
CBC Creator Network & CBC Life Creator Manitoba
Most Likely To...
... merge fashion with farming
Rebecca Viegas
Sr. Web Developer Ontario
Most Likely To...
... paint only gradients in art class
Emma Davie
Reporter/Editor Nova Scotia
Most Likely To...
... write horoscopes for a living
Cassandra Lepp
Social Video Creator Manitoba
Most Likely To...
... be a crazy dog mom
James Martin
Video Producer Ontario
Most Likely To...
... win a daytime Emmy
Kristen De Palma
hand lettering artist Nova Scotia
Most Likely To...
... show up late and leave early
Pat Crandles
Video Producer Ontario
Most Likely To...
... hit a homerun in little league, as an adult
Jerry-Faye Flatt
Associate Producer New Brunswick
Most Likely To...
... follow her passions: writing and music
Robin Summerfield
Producer Manitoba
Most Likely To...
... regret a perm
Natalie Dobbin
Producer, Creator Network, East Coast Nova Scotia
Most Likely To...
... go all in!
Chris Harris
Director, Content Ontario
Most Likely To...
... be chasing the sun
Rignam Wangkhang
Producer, Creator Network Ontario
Most Likely To...
... awkwardly laugh at a bad joke
Mike Evans
Sr. Producer Ontario
Most Likely To...
... build an app that saves the world
Honourable Mentions

Gave Lindo, Meredith Dellandrea, Emma Davie, Kerry Fraser, Amanda Molloy, Greg Guy, Hilary Walker, Meagan Campbell, Nathan Swinn, Jennifer Schlumberger, Shayla Kelly, Lindsay Mackenzie, Gabriela Klimes, Laraine Bone, Lisa Cronsberry, Sandy Vanweert, Nancy Mclarty, The Current, Cross Country Checkup, Heartland fans and CBC current affairs shows from across the country!