There was no prom for Chilliwack graduates again this year, but local high schools didn’t let their students’ fancy dresses and smart suits go to waste.
On Tuesday (June 8) G.W. Graham middle secondary school’s lobby was transformed into a makeshift photo studio with a handful of backdrops and cameras on hand to snap photos of Grade 12s in their finest attire.
It was all part of G.W.’s formal photo shoot event for its 316 grads.
Both the graduating class of 2020 and the class of 2021 have had different graduation experiences, said G.W. Graham principal Chuck Lawson.
Typically, there are a number of events for the Grade 12s throughout the school year, and although there was no prom or commencement last year (2019/2020), the graduating class did get some group celebrations in before COVID-19 hit.
That wasn’t the case this year.
So, the staff wanted to do something special for the Grade 12s of 2021. They wanted to give them as much of the prom-night feel without actually going to prom, and they wanted the students to remember it.
For a few hours that morning, small groups of teens in prom dresses and suits gathered for photos with friends.
When the kids look back on those photos, it’ll be clear just when the images were taken, because what other year would you find teenaged girls in prom dresses with matching sequin masks?
This year, about 1,000 public school Grade 12s were handed their high school diplomas. Here are the grad class sizes for 2021: Chilliwack secondary – 343; G.W. Graham – 316; Sardis secondary – 310; Kwíyeqel secondary – 34.
Check out the June 11, 2021 print edition of The Chilliwack Progress for a special grad section.