MD Commencement Update

On Tuesday March 24th the Director of Education for the HDSB communicated how staff have been working diligently to look at how they can best support students and families in these unique circumstances. Part of the announcement was the cancellation of large group events, including high school Proms & Commencements. Please see the excerpt below from Stuart Miller’s message:

Cancellation of large group gatherings

Should school resume in the coming weeks, there will remain a need for social/physical distancing and avoiding large group gatherings. Therefore the HDSB is cancelling/postponing any planned large group gatherings for the remainder of the school year. This includes field trips, in-school presentations, elementary and secondary interschool and intramural athletics, proms, high school commencements, Grade 8 graduations, and our Student Excellence event on May 14. Schools will be sharing more information with their families in the coming days.

As disappointing as this is for all of us, it is a necessary step to ensure the safety and health of our students and families. Due to the volume of refunds to be issued for Commencement Fees paid, a process is being worked out by the Board. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process. We will communicate with you once the refund process is determined and completed.

HLF Scolarships - Application Deadlines Extended

To ensure all students have the opportunity to apply for online scholarships, the deadlines for all HLF scholarships that were previously due in April or early May have been moved to May 14. Those with later May deadlines have stayed the same.

Note: the process for the Kevin Caughlin scholarship has changed for this year. Students can apply directly to the award without having to be nominated by their school.

Attached is the updated HLF Awards Spreadsheet. Rember to apply online through our partner website:

Halton Learning Foundation Scholarships