Convocation Information for the Graduating Class of 2021

This webpage will continue to be updated with the most current information as it pertains to the celebrations, picking up of grad items, dropping off of school supplies and the Grad video. Please check this webpage whenever you are wondering about the process or the status of our planning. We are obviously deeply affected by the Covid reality and the resulting lockdowns. We will not have much to update over the summer, but more info will likely be shared in late August or early September.
Please know that we have kept our grads in our thoughts and in our plans. Below are some summaries and links from the Grad Celebration Week and some other info that we have planned for October. Please check this webpage for updates.

Grad Pictures Update! – This is a message from Lifetouch as of June 17… “As we come to the end of this challenging school year, Lifetouch would like to provide an update about our plans going into the summer. Under Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen indoor photography remains prohibited until the province progresses into Step 2 of the plan. That is expected to happen in early July.  Once Step 2 is reached, our local studio can once again open, and we plan to provide grad photography appointments throughout the summer.  We invite anyone wishing to book an appointment at our studio to use the form linked below and sign up to receive further updates:

We will notify you as soon as appointments become available and include further information on how to book your session. Lifetouch would like to thank everyone for their patience and perseverance throughout these challenging times, and look forward to seeing your smiles over the summer.”

Valedictorian Announcement
We are very proud to announce the St. Benedict CSS Valedictorian for the Graduating Class of 2021! Congratulations to Marissa Castaldo!!!! Marissa will present a speech for the Virtual Grad in October!  We are confident that she will be a fantastic representative for the Grads and our school community!

Pictures being sent in for Yearbook – Now that many of you have taken some great Grad pics, feel free to submit them to the school for the yearbook. The following link gives you all the needed information on the process. Picture Submission LINK. The June 4th date is extended to the end of July –  this allows for students to use the grad photos taken at the Grad Drive Thru for the yearbook!

Grad Week Celebration – We truly hope that you enjoyed the celebration of our grads during the week of June 21-25. Links can be found in the Table below (Survey results and Tribute Video).

Monday June 21 Tuesday June 22 Wednesday June 23 Thursday June 24 Friday June 25
Complete the Grad Survey by 3pm! Celebration Drive by! (1pm to 5pm) Celebration Drive by! (1pm to 5pm) “Do you know St. Benedict?” Kahoot! Results – Winners to be announced ~ 2pm Grad Tribute Video LINK
And the Survey Says….. Grad Survey Results Video Complete the “Do you Know St. Benedict?” Kahoot! by 3pm! The WCDSB Grad Ad will be running in the Cambridge Times today!! Keep a look out! The WCDSB On-Line Grad Ad will be running in Cambridge today!! Keep a look out!

Grade 12 Chromebook/School Resource (Textbooks) Returns – If you still have a Chromebook and/or textbooks (or other school resources), please call the school 519-621-4050 ext 5606 or stop in between 7am to 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. This is for Grade 12 students or non-returning students only!!! We will have a St. Benedict Tent set up for this collection. If returning a Chromebook, please make sure to bring the Chromebook and the charger. Thank you!! (These devices will be deactivated in early July)

Grad Video – Will be released in early October (before Thanksgiving). This will be the video of what would normally be the Graduation Ceremony. This includes virtual speeches, award winners being formally announced and the conferring of diplomas.
Diploma pick up – We are planning to have a second distribution just after the video is released. This is for the items that could not be distributed in June. This will be a simple and efficient opportunity for students to receive their diploma, applicable awards and yearbooks.