Wondering what's happening with Commencement 2021 at Northern? We've done our best to answer all of your questions below:
What items will students receive from the school and when? Every grad has the opportunity to purchase a $25 grad package, which will include a cap/gown/tassel/V-stole with school colours to keep, a Northern school pennant, and a hard-cover commencement memory book. Graduation books will be distributed in the fall to ensure we can include photos and awards in the permanent record of the ceremony. Click here to purchase the grad package through School Cash Online. Any family facing financial concerns is asked to reach out to Adam directly.
When can students pick up their Grad Packages? Pickups will take place on Tuesday through Friday (Jun 22-25) between 9am and 3pm. Students will register in groups of 15 students every half hour, using the booking system that is used for parent-teacher interviews. Click here to sign up.
Will grad photos happen?
Yes in two ways:
What should students wear for their school grad photo (on package pickup day)? The photos will be head and shoulders to show your gown/v-stole. Many chose to wear a shirt and tie underneath but it is at your discretion. The gown is black, and V-stole is blue/red/yellow. White or black are good choices for a top to keep the photos looking formal. These photos go in the commencement book and on the school wall in the composite photo.
When will Commencement happen? A one-hour commencement video, including photos and videos of students, teachers and the school, speeches, and grads will be aired on Monday, June 28 at 7 pm. It will have a private link to a YouTube channel that families can access and share with relatives. Click here for the invitation. The link to the video will be sent to all Grade 12 families on June 28.
Why will the video be shown on that date? This date is the soonest that commencement can happen (after credit recovery and marking is completed for Quad 4). If we were in person, the actual commencement ceremony was planned to be at U of T's Convocation Hall on June 28.
Will there be any live aspect to the video? No, TDSB has determined that all videos will be fully pre-recorded to ensure security, reliability, and equity.
What about grad hoodies? The deadline for the second order of grad hoodies has passed. They will be shipped directly to students' homes in July.
What about lawn signs? Not all of our students have a lawn, and we wanted our grads to have something to keep. So, last year and this year, we are ordering Northern pennants to go in the grad package.
Can we use the field for an outdoor grad or other activities to end the year? Northern does not have freedom to use school grounds and facilities in any way that contradicts TPH or Ministry guidelines for social gatherings. Though the Ministry has allowed outdoor graduations, with a graduating class of 400, it is not possible to do in-person within current restrictions.
When will grads get their diplomas, yearbooks, and commencement books? These items will not be ready for pickup before the school year ends. Northern is considering several options for pick up (Thanksgiving weekend) and will determine those dates and any other activities that would be possible to host within TPH guidelines closer to the date. The desire is to make it as meaningful an experience as possible.
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