Mobile Graduation Stage

This is a lovely story about a teacher going 'above and beyond' to enable students to receive their diplomas in an upbeat, memorable way.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Central Algoma Secondary School in Richards Landing, Canada, was not able to have a normal graduation ceremony but, instead, allowed teachers to deliver diplomas to students’ homes.⁠

Sadie Gowlett asked her dad Ray, who is a teacher at Central Algoma, if they could use an outdoor stage nearby. He was happy to do it, but he got a better idea.⁠ “I thought, well, what if I built a stage and I went to every person’s house so they would have the opportunity to walk across the stage?” Ray, 48, told CBC News.⁠

It took him two days to build a mobile stage, built atop a 6-by-12-foot landscaping trailer, and supported by wood pallets on the bottom. It comes complete with a collapsible back wall, decorated with the school's logo and colours, and stairs to climb aboard.

"I can set the whole stage up in about 90 seconds," he said. "The students can go walk across the stage, get their pictures taken, and then I can pack it up and move on to the next student."

A week later, the teacher, together with other school staff, drove nearly 250 miles, visiting the homes of 72 students so they could get their diplomas in a more formal way.⁠