R.D. Parker Collegiate 2020 graduation will be a drive-in movie-like experience for spectators

R.D. Parker Collegiate finally announced plans for its 2020 graduation in an email June 21, five days before the ceremony.

Graduating Grade 12 students will be visible to the public as they walk from the school to the Thompson Regional Community Centre (TRCC), but only graduates and ceremony speakers will be allowed inside the recreation centre.

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Each graduate will get one vehicle pass for the TRCC parking lot, where the student’s family can watch the ceremony on a nine-foot by 16-foot screen, with audio coming in over an FM radio frequency. Another screen for family and friends to watch the ceremony on will also be set up near the front of the school, where Grade 9 to Grade 11 band students will play Pomp and Circumstance while the graduates walk from the school to the TRCC. 

When the graduation ceremony, which begins at 8:30 p.m., comes to a close, the celebration will be capped off by a fireworks display.

The graduation ceremony, which will also be livestreamed on the internet, will conclude three days of graduation festivities, which began with the graduation parade June 24, and continued with the annual grad barbecue June 25 at 11 a.m. on the high school’s front lawn.

Graduating students will have the chance to don their caps and robes earlier on June 26 for visits to their elementary schools at 11 a.m.

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