“Hearing about the event made me feel like people, not just my family and friends, actually do care.”
Kayla Seaborn, a Hugh Boyd Secondary grad, was one of many Grade 12 students who were disappointed when schools began cancelling graduation events to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March.
That is until the idea of a Canada-wide, virtual prom was floated.
The Student Life Network, Canada’s largest online network of students, announced they will be hosting a live-streamed prom event called “Prom is On” for Canadian students graduating this year on May 22.
“I’m looking forward to the event, and I even have my prom dress ready,” said Seaborn, adding that it would be fun to put her dress on to meet and celebrate with other students in Canada.
“I’m trying to convince my friends to join, and I think it would be a great memory to have for our graduating year by making some friends from other schools and across the country.”
The virtual prom is being planned by a prom committee made up of 36 student leaders representing every province and territory in Canada.
Grads will have a chance to show off their dresses and suits, and meet other students while a live DJ set by Juno-winning artist Loud Luxury will be playing all evening.
Seaborn told the Richmond News that she was “unsure” about the event at first, not because of its credibility, but as to whether it would actually happen.
“At first, I didn’t think this whole event would be come together because it seemed like it would be very difficult to plan and to put together with so many students across the country,” said Seaborn.
“But when I heard there would be guests making appearances and other events, I was on board.”
In addition, the Student Life Network will be making a donation to help raise money and awareness for Kids Help Phone – a mental health service for young Canadians – for every student that TikToks, does a prom-posal on Instagram or RSVPs to the virtual prom on May 22.
Grads who are interested in joining this event, can visit promison2020.com