'I will never forget it': More Calgary students get drive-thru grad

Students from another Calgary high school got their COVID-compliant graduation this week in drive-thru format.

Central Memorial High School had its ceremony at the Stampede grounds

Central Memorial High School students had a graduation ceremony at Stampede Park that was COVID-19-compliant and they won't soon forget it 1:44

Students from another Calgary high school got their COVID-compliant graduation this week in drive-thru format.

Students from Central Memorial High School had their grad at the Stampede grounds on Tuesday, joining students across the country in celebrating in unique ways.

"I will never forget it," Peyton Lake told CBC News from the backseat of her parents' car.

"It has brought us together when we technically can't be together. This is a great way to just see everybody for the last time before moving on to different things."

Peyton Lake says she will never forget her drive-thru graduation this year. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Another 2020 grad, Lindsey Kelly, says this graduation will be talked about for years.

"I think this will go down in the history books, for sure. Other classes in the future will be learning about what we went through, which is really cool," she said.

A parent ambassador for the grad says this was months in the planning.

"We had a late night phone call back in March, thinking 'What is this new normal going to look like, and how are these grads going to graduate this year? Let's figure it out,'" Lynn Fletcher said.

"And we are here today."

Lynn Fletcher is a parent ambassador for Central Memorial High School's drive-thru grad at Stampede Park. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Fletcher says grad is an important milestone.

"It is something they look forward to their whole lives. It is the boundary between childhood and adulthood, and without it, something is missing."

Ben Heathcote says it was great to be surrounded by friends at his 2020 drive-thru graduation. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

For graduate Ben Heathcote, the event was a mixed blessing.

"It is good to get closure, to finally put an end to the three monotonous years of high school," Heathcote said.

"And it's good to still be surrounded by the people you spent those three years with."

With files from Monty Kruger


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