Photo gallery: Celebrating the class of 2021 at Revelstoke Secondary School

Although graduation came in an unconventional form again this year, the class of 2021 showed up enthusiastically, armed with water guns to battle the heat.

Finally, the rite of passage: graduates throw their caps in the air and say farewell. Photo: Bailey Gingras-Hamilton

Revelstoke Secondary School hosted a Graduation Parade for the class of 2021 on June 29. Despite the surging temperatures, graduates donned their caps and gowns. With water bottles on standby, they lined the driveway leading up to Revelstoke Secondary School. A parade of colourfully decorated vehicles headed from the recreation center to the school, armed with confetti and noisemakers. Balloons, handmade signs, jerseys and waving hands hung out of windows as they drove by the class of 2021.

While this form of graduation is untraditional, there was an air of normalcy in the crowd. With restrictions easing further tomorrow, people seemed comfortable gathering outdoors. The graduates took group photos and hugged loved ones after the parade. Aside from the lack of a stage, it looked like a normal graduation ceremony.

If there’s one thing the class of 2021 knows, it is resiliency and enguinty. From lockdowns to reopenings, transitioning back and forth between online and in-person learning, this group of young adults have adapted to many challenges. A good analogy: instead of hiding from the blaring sun, they brought water guns.

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Bailey Gingras-Hamilton is a recent graduate of the Mount Royal University Journalism program, where she developed an interest in current events and social issues. As a chronically curious individual, she enjoys exploring new places, cuisines, and cultures.