Virtual Commencement 2020

Virtual Commencement - December 10, 2020
Posted on 11/09/2020

Dear Graduating Students and Families,

The class of 2020 has much to celebrate.  These students have persevered and shown such resilience in the face of great uncertainty.  In the spring, we promised to cap off 2020 with a commencement ceremony and we are committed to making that happen.  Despite our hopes to offer in person commencement ceremonies this fall, it is clear that this will not be possible due to the continued COVID-19 risk in Ottawa and the health and safety guidelines still in place.  To ensure that students and families can celebrate together in 2020, we've developed plans for a safe celebration. Longfields Davidson Heights will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Schools will stream pre-recorded ceremonies featuring messages for graduates, presentation of diplomas and awards, and valedictorian speeches.  Graduates and their families can watch the ceremony through a private, unlisted video link, which we will share ahead of the ceremony on December 10, or a time that works best for them. 

 We are working on a drive by system where students and families can pick up their graduation envelopes (diplomas, awards, certificates etc.) - details TBD. We look forward to connecting with our graduates, celebrating their incredible achievements, and recognizing the impact they made on our community during their time here.  

The decision to do a virtual ceremony was made in respect of public health guidelines, particularly given the increase of COVID 19 in the Ottawa area.  While graduation is an achievement worth celebrating, we do not want to encourage students to come home, interact with family or friends, and possibly spread the virus.  

The virtual ceremony will be accessible to graduates and their families until January 31st, 2021.  We recognize that graduates have busy schedules and may not be available to see the ceremony on December 10.  

Our school team is working hard to produce video segments for the commencement.  We need your assistance to help personalize the commencement ceremony so here are a couple of action items that we need from you.

a)  Please let us know by Monday Nov. 23 if you do not want your graduation photo to appear in the commencement video   

b)  Please complete the following google form and submit it by Monday, November 16.   You must use your ocdsb.ca email account to complete the form.  Please call the school at 613 843-7722 if you need help accessing your OCDSB email.               
 
Grad Google Form


c)  We recognize that we might not have the proper contact information for all graduates.  Please help us reach out to members of the Class of 2020 to ensure that they receive this information by sharing this message.  It will also be posted on our school website.  


Thanks,

LDH Staff

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