Edmonton graduation ceremony relocates from Northlands to make way for Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees

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An Edmonton high school relocated its graduation ceremonies out of respect for Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees.

Lori Nagy, spokesperson for Edmonton Catholic Schools, said the graduation ceremony banquet for St. Francis Xavier High School was originally scheduled to be held at Northlands Expo Centre on Friday.

However, because Northlands is being used as an emergency reception centre, the graduation has now been moved to the Shaw Conference Centre.

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“The school just didn’t feel it was appropriate to have this celebration when so many people don’t even know if they have a home to go back to,” Nagy said.

The high school’s commencement ceremony was relocated to a different room at Northlands on Thursday night.

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Approximately 312 students took part in the graduation ceremony.

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