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One Last Drive Thru The Bear Den In-Person Diploma Pickup Celebration for Grads

Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021

We are looking forward to graduation and celebrating our amazing Class of 2021.


As previously shared, our graduation ceremony will take place virtually this year.  GBDSS staff have been working extremely hard to bring a virtual ceremony to students and have put countless hours into organizing this ceremony.  The ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube at 7pm on June 29th, 2021. The link to the ceremony was emailed to parents and posted in the grade 12 google classroom a short while ago.  Students and their families are welcome to share the link with other family and friends.  Alternately, you can click on the following link:


On June 30th, we are excited to offer “One Last Drive Thru the Bear Den” to our graduates and their families. In this drive thru event, students will have the opportunity to pick up their diplomas and awards (as applicable), take part in a few quick photo opportunities and accept congratulations from staff. Students and families can also opt to ‘pick up a picnic’ to pre-order box lunches which can be taken to any favourite outdoor location in the community to celebrate. 


Students and their families will need to sign up for a timeslot to attend One Last Drive Thru The Bear Den. To register for a timeslot, please click here:


To review options and, if desired, purchase a picnic for your student and/or your family, please click here:

The deadline to order a picnic is Friday June 25 by 12 noon.  


As a reminder, graduates are asked to return all learning materials (computers, instruments, textbooks, etc) on June 24, June 25, June 28 or June 29 between 8:30am and 4pm at the front doors of the school.


Key Information for “One Last Drive Thru the Den” day on June 30th

  • Prior to arrival on school property, each person who intended to come must complete the COVID-19 screening.

  • Graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and gown, should they desire

  • Masks must be worn at all times.  We will allow masks to be removed at the photo stations in the immediate time that photos are  taken.

  • Please follow the map provided to ensure traffic flows properly and we can get all graduates through in a timely manner.  We ask that you arrive no more than five minutes early for your time slot.

  • Please follow directional signage.  There will also be staff available to assist should you have any questions.  

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at all  stations

  • Guests of the graduate will only be permitted to exit the car when they are at the photo station. 

  • Unfortunately, there will be no access to the interior of the school for any reason on this day.

  • Graduates and their families may not congregate with others from different households while on school property. 

  • If you cannot or choose not to attend, diplomas will be available for pick up from the school on July 2, 5, 6 and 7 from 9:00am-3:30pm



Should you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give the office a call at 705-526-7817. 



Hailey McLean


Georgian Bay District Secondary School

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