Ford, Lecce and Superfan Nav Bhatia virtually address Ontario’s graduating class of 2020

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Premier Doug Ford was joined by Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia to virtually address Ontario’s graduating class of 2020 on Wednesday.

Congratulations. You made it. You made it through high school in an unprecedented time. You all have so much to be proud of,” Ford said at the press conference at Queen’s Park.

We will all celebrate together soon. And I cannot wait to see you walk those steps to collect your diplomas,” Bhatia added.

“This has been a year for the history books. Tremendous difficulty and personal adversity. Yet the history books will reflect with pride on you, because when faced with a real obstacle, you showed your family, your educators and your country that nothing could stop you,” Lecce said.

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Publicly funded schools in Ontario shut down in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since being forced out of the classroom, school boards have adapted to online and virtual learning.

As the school year comes to an end, the case remains the same for graduation ceremonies.

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Ford is asking graduates to toss their hats in the air, record it and use the hashtag #OntarioGradHatToss to commemorate the accomplishment they achieved, especially during the coronavirus pandemic

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