Holy Redeemer Grad Tribute Video


It goes without saying that this year has not gone to plan for many scheduled events and activities thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. One such event was the Holy Redeemer Graduation celebrations. But that did not stop the HRH staff for wanting to show their love and appreciation for the Grad Class of 2020 through the creation of a special Tribute Video.

“Due to the health restrictions from AHS it became impossible for us to hold a traditional Grad,” says Principal Betty Churchill. “But we just wanted to do something to tell our graduating students how proud we are of them and how much they are loved and missed at our school.”

With that came the idea to create a video tribute. “One of the most important moments for Grads and their families is to hear their child’s name be called to receive their high school diploma,” says Assistant Principal Paul Tobin who was the primary creator of the video. “We know it was not the same, but it was our way of acknowledging this momentous occasion in these young men and women’s lives.”

The video included a number of components. First were speeches of congratulations from Churchill and Tobin, who also said a special prayer for our Grads as they move into adulthood. In addition to their speeches was a message from Living Waters Superintendent Jo-Anne Lanctot who gave positive words of wisdom for the graduating class.

The next component saw the teachers and support staff each give a special message to the grade 12s congratulating them on their graduation. One such message came from Math Teacher Diane Williams who sang a short song for a class she won’t soon forget.

The final component was perhaps the most important of all: calling the Grads names. Tobin and Churchill said the names of each of the Grads just as if they were to cross the stage to receive their diplomas. While their name was called, a video showed a photo of the student.

As the video was shared on social media many people commented how it brought tears to their eyes.

Churchill’s final message to the students thanked them all for the amazing memories. Following that, there was another musical tribute for the Grads complete with an array of photos that capped off the 30 minute video.

Looking to the fall, Holy Redeemer is hoping to organize a full Graduation Ceremony pending the recommendations from Alberta Health Services. “The students voted this spring overwhelmingly that they would like to have a full graduation sometime in the fall,” says Tobin who added that components like the Catholic Light of Learning and the Valedictorian Address would be included. “We will continue to work to this end so long as AHS restrictions are lifted.”

Until then, the staff and school community would like to wish the graduates well as they start the new chapter in their lives and begin the next adventure in their lives.