It’s been an unforgettable few years for the class of 2021-2022, and it all wraps up tonight at the Whitecap Pavilion.

Senior students from St. Thomas Aquinas will be walking across the stage tonight to receive their diplomas and enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime high school graduation ceremonies, which have returned to normal compared to the last two years.

“Really looking forward to our regular in-person graduation under the Whitecap Pavilion to celebrate this incredible milestone with students, families, staff and the community,” said Director of Education for the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Paul White.

2020’s graduation ceremonies were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were replaced with drive-by celebrations, while 2021’s events were in-person but were split up into two groups due to social distancing and capacity requirements.

“This will be the first time [again] where everyone’s going to be able to gather and socialize after the event with family, to really celebrate all of the successes for not only the kids but the families have had in this graduation,” adds White.

Tonight’s events begin at 7 p.m. at the Whitecap Pavilion, and friends and family are welcome. White notes Grade 6 graduation ceremonies are taking place at elementary schools throughout the week.