Graduation 2021 Information

Hey Grade 12s!

Grad Celebration/Valedictory Event

This year’s graduation celebration recording will now be held on June 7th at South Delta Secondary School. While the final plan and details for the celebration will be dependent upon the PHO rules at the time, the schedule will likely be between 8:30am – 7:00pm on Monday, June 7th.  As we move closer to the date, we will provide more information.

The production will be run in cooperation with GradsBC (https://gradsbc.com/).  In anticipation of restrictions in some form, GradsBC will pre-capture the graduation moments on video.  The final production edits will include a combination of commencement speeches, a valedictory speech, Grads receiving their graduation certificate, walking across the stage in their cap and gown, photographs and other highlights.  The event will be broadcast and available for download on a date in late June. As we plan for this celebration, we expect that it will be a similar format to what we did last year for the Grad Celebration of 2020. To have a look at last year’s event please follow the link:
Grad 2020 Virtual Grad Event:  https://gradsbc.com/videos/south-delta-secondary/
The password is: sdsgrad2020

While we have been hoping to include parents in this event, participation will be dependent on the health orders at that time. We will keep you informed whether or not we will be able to provide this opportunity and what it will look like closer to the date.  We also recognize that some families may be planning to organize their own celebrations and these events are NOT sanctioned by the school or the school district.  As parents and students, please be aware of what are sanctioned (official) and non-sanctioned events.

 Grad Celebration/Valedictory Comments

In anticipation of the grad celebration production day on June 7, grads are asked to submit a brief comment to be read aloud as they cross the stage in their cap and gown. Here’s what we are looking for:

Comment Format:

Limited to 40 words or less

Content:

Comments should/may include “thank you’s” and/or a brief plan for the following year.

NOTE: All comments will be reviewed by staff to ensure that they are appropriate to display to all members of the school community

Example:

Jonathan would like to thank his family and teachers for all their help and support throughout the past 5 years. Jonathan will be attending Douglas College for Physical Education & Coaching as he pursues his dream of becoming a PE teacher. (40 words)

Any Grad that does not submit a commencement write-up may have a generic comment presented for them.

Submit your comment at the following link: https://forms.gle/fc5nxtQaSJuKYRLz5

Submission deadline: May 20, 2021

Scholarship Information

The applications for the District/Authority scholarships, Community Awards for Grade 12’s and a list of available external scholarships for Grade 12’s have been posted on the front page of the SDSS Career Centre website (www.sdsscareercentre.weebly.com). There is also a recorded Zoom presentation that parents and students may find very helpful. This information was sent out by email to all Grade 12’s on March 12th (District/Authority scholarships) and April 6th (Community Awards), and the Zoom presentation was sent out on April 7th. Applications are due to be submitted to Ms. Fernandes by 3pm on April 29th (by e-mail or in person).

If any Grade 12 students have questions or need more information, they can contact Ms. Fernandes (kfernandes@deltasd.bc.ca).  

 Class of 2021 Valedictorian

The Class Valedictorian gives a speech on behalf of the grads of 2021. Grade 12 students are invited to nominate the classmate who best represents the graduating class. This person should represent the core values of South Delta Secondary School and be a positive representation of the school and community. All nominations must be submitted by May 3, 2021.

Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vbOlFsa3R7c0QqsPGORnCn0Gt3YcNR0KjoaWkMgdOK8/

Grad One Liner

In anticipation of our Valedictory filming day on June 7, we will require a one-liner from each of you. This will be read as you are filmed crossing the stage in your cap and gown and is different from the Grad write-up that you already submitted (that was for the yearbook). Here’s what we are looking for:

Write-up Format:
Limited to 40 words or less

Content:
Write-Ups should/may include “thank you’s” and/or a brief plan for the following year.
NOTE: Write-Ups will be reviewed by staff to ensure that they are appropriate to display to all members of our South Delta community

Example:
Jonathan would like to thank his family and teachers for all their help and support throughout the past 5 years. Jonathan will be attending Douglas for Physical Education & Coaching as he pursues his dream of becoming a PE teacher. (40 words)

Any Grad that does not submit a commencement write-up may have a generic write up presented for them.

Click here for the Google Doc Link.

Deadline: May 20, 2021