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Class of 2020 at Royal Military College in Kingston celebrates graduation — virtually

It’s graduation season at Royal Military College in Kingston,where four years of hard work is paying off for nearly 250 officer cadets.

Unlike past years, however, most of the pomp and ceremony has been shelved due to COVID-19. Instead, the Class of 2020 took part in a virtual convocation ceremony on Thursday.

Elodie Bedard is one of those graduates.

“The times called for this situation so we’re still just as proud and just as happy,” Bedard said.

Bedard watched the convocation ceremony from her home in Quebec City.

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“It’s something that you start as a first year,” Bedard said.

Pecora says members of the Class of 2020 are welcome to return to RMC to participate in future convocation ceremonies should they wish to receive their degrees in person.

Others that took part in the virtual convocation included the Minister of National Defence, Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan; Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff; as well as astronaut and graduate Chris Hadfield.

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