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Flooded High River school finally graduates with gown gift

The outgoing Grade 12 class at High River's Highwood High School finally had a graduation ceremony today roughly two months after the flood disaster put their celebration on hold.

Many students who lost clothing in June's flooding wore donated gowns and tuxes

The outgoing Grade 12 class at High River's Highwood High School finally had a graduation ceremony today. 2:32

The outgoing Grade 12 class at High River’s Highwood High School finally had a graduation ceremony roughly two months after the flood disaster put their celebration on hold.  

The community was hit hard by floodwaters just days before the event was supposed to take place.  

Premier Alison Redford, second from right, attended the graduation ceremony of High River high school students who postponed the celebration in June after massive flooding hit the southern Alberta town. (Devin Heroux/CBC)

Roughly 100 students gathered at the rescheduled ceremony at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in nearby Okotoks on Thursday afternoon. The space was donated.

Class valedictorian Brett Mulholland said it's been a long time coming.

"I'm nervous for my speech, of course. But more importantly, I guess, I'm happy that we get to have a grad and I'm relieved it's happening."

Many of the grads who lost their possessions in the flood wore dresses and tuxes donated by people from all over the country.

Premier Alison Redford joined the students' friends and family in celebrating their achievements. She told the students in a speech that the ceremony wasn't just about what happened to them in June but an acknowledgement of their work over the past 12 years in school.

The diplomas given out to High River's high school grads two months after June's flooding forced the ceremony to be delayed. (Devin Heroux/CBC)