The graduation ceremony for Howard S. Billings students that was planned for Saturday, June 6th, has been postponed to Sunday due to inclement weather and the anti-racism protest slated for the same time on Saturday.
On the school’s website, the weather forecast was cited as a reason for the postponement.
In an email sent to the Soleil de Châteauguay, School Principal Lynn L’Esperance Claude also made reference to the protest in her decision to postpone the graduation by a day. « This is an opportunity to show recognition and respect for ethnocultural diversity as a school and school board, while ensuring that the traditions that are dear to the HSB community can still be held in a safe and accessible manner for our graduates and their families. », explained Ms. L’Esperance Claude.
Graduates from Billings High School will participate in a drive-by ceremony on Sunday. It is an alternative to the traditional Grand March, which is not possible in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
(Translation: Gracieusté Amanda Bennett)